Rhein and Mosel GG all wrapped up in a tight ball of apricot pit, alder, crush rock and chamomile. The most texturally complex Off the Grid offering to date, the acidity is still racy and shocking given the weight on the palate. 15+ years.
The Southernmost vineyard in Oregon, this property nearly straddles the California border. Alluvial galets stud the silty, sandy soil that is riddled with serpentine. High in nickel and magnesium, serpentine creates a caustic environment where Riesling becomes concentrated, and usually high in tartaric acid. Farming practices are dry-farmed, sustainable, while working our way toward full organic farming. Early bloom led to a late harvest, but mild temps kept acids high. 2016 OTG is reminds me of 2015 Smaragd Rieslings - where ripe fruits are still mineral bound, and filled with complex texture.
Wine EnthusiastEach of John House's Rieslings is differentiated by AVA and fermentation vessel; this may be the most unique of his stellar lineup. Sourced from the Cedar Ranch vineyard in the Illinois Valley, this is fermented with native yeasts in a concrete egg. Its complexity and detail is astonishing, with baby powder, orange peel, pink grapefruit and Meyer lemon. Long, dry and truly off the grid, if not over the moon.