2009 Airlie Winery Müller-Thurgau Estate Bottled Dunn Forest Vineyard Willamette Valley Oregon
I think Müller Thurgau (MOO-lehr TOOR-gow) gets a bad rap and if you read Jancie Robinson’s description in The Oxford Companion to Wine you wouldn’t even want to touch the wine! But never fear it is actually one of my favorites. I’ll admit one strike against it might be the name, it doesn’t roll of the tongue quite like Riesling, but don’t let that put you off. Müller shouldn’t be taken too seriously so if you mispronounce the name don’t worry about it and just enjoy a glass. In my opinion, it should be pretty, light and lively and if you’re lucky have a little bit of effervescence leftover from fermentation. As I’ll tell you if you catch me in the tasting room, this is my ‘after mowing the lawn’ wine. When the day is hot and the wine is cool it goes down better than a beer and the lower alcohol helps keep you from feeling looped after a glass. It ripens earlier that most other white grapes which is an advantage at our cool site and at a lower sugar which leads to why it has less alcohol. So to quote the 23 June 2006 Wall Street Journal article on Müller Thurgau: “Try something new. It’s fun!”
BackgroundBarrel fermented and stirred on the lees for complexity and a creamy mouth feel. Rather than designing this chardonnay to be a meal unto itself we designed this wine for food. Medium bodied with a lingering finish reminiscent of crisp winter apples, the perfect balance of fruit and spice. A larger crop in 2009 meant some of this wine went in tank providing an extra bit of character to the vintage.
Wine EnthusiastHoneysuckle, pear and limoncello flavors create a unique, fruit-driven, luscious wine with plenty of natural acidity. It hints at exotic, tropical fruit without being buried in it. The alcohol is just 10.5%, but the wine tastes much bigger. — P.G. (8/1/2011) — 87