Teutonic Crab Tomalley White Wine NV, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Influenced by the Middle-Mosel Valley in Germany and the Alsace region in France, Teutonic Wine Company celebrates the characteristics of these wine regions in Oregon. Only working with cool-climate growing sites, adhering to natural farming practices and minimal intervention, Teutonic wines reflect all that is natural in winemaking, from the vineyard, to the cellar, and to the bottle. The Crab Tomalley is made in traditional Teutonic fashion with grapes from old, high-elevation, dry-farmed vines. Fermentation is triggered by wild yeasts living on the grapes and in the air of the winery, after which the juice stays on the lees for seven months in neutral oak barrels before bottling. Crab Tomalley is a non-vintage blend of Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Meunier, Gewurztraminer, Sylvaner, Muscat…. n terms of the palate, it is surprisingly fuller-bodied and tiptoes up to the edge of dry territory at a ‘Teutonically’ precise 11.84 percent alcohol. There is plenty of acidity as well. A few quick swirls of the glass results in an eruption of citrus and tropical fruit aromas, with a bit of minerality and an herbal note floating about in the background. Crab Tomalley smells like kaffir lime, sweet basil, wet rocks and a pineapple granita.