Teutonic Wine Company 2018 Red Blend
Tasting Notes: 80% Gewürztraminer and 20% Pinot Noir. We call this a chillable red wine. It's light, crisp with all the aromatics from the Gewurztraminer with nice high acid tones from the Pinot Noir. Very easy drinking wine.
Okay, I know what you're thinking. There's no way a blend of Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir follows the rules of nature...and you're right. But that's where Barnaby and Olga Tuttle operate, on the fringe, and we should be grateful.
It all started in 2002 when Teutonic winemaker, Barnaby Tuttle, was the wine buyer at Papa Haydn Restaurant in Portland. German wine importer, Ewald Moseler, showed him 14 different Rieslings from Germany’s famed Mosel wine region and Barnaby bought all 14 en route to starting one of the largest German wine lists in Portland. That same night, Barnaby told his wife and partner, Olga, that he needed to learn how to make wines as expressive to terroir as these Rieslings. Fast forward about 15 years, and Teutonic is on the forefront of winemaking in Oregon. With an affinity for colder sites, higher elevation, and dry-farmed vines that are ideally 30 years or older, Teutonic Wine Company produces roughly 6,000 cases of wine per year, all varieties that are typical to Germany’s Mosel region. These include Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chasselas, Gewürztraminer, Silvaner, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.