The Müller-Thurgau grape, a cross between riesling and Madeleine royale varieties, is found predominately in Germany where it’s widely planted. Because Müller-Thurgau often lacks flavor when produced in high-yield vineyards, it’s often snubbed by wine critics. However, when the grapes are grown in yield-restricted vineyards, the flavors can become very concentrated resulting in delicious white wines. Below is a fine example from the well-regarded Anne Amie Vineyards, located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The winery’s Müller-Thurgau is compared below with a pinot blanc from the Alsace region of France.
Anne Amie Vineyards 2016 Cuvée A Müller-Thurgau, Yamhill-Carlton, Oregon
Bought • Wine Merchant, 7817 Forsyth Boulevard, in April for $11.99
Description • This crisp and delightful dry white is made from estate-grown Müller-Thurgau grapes grown on vines first planted in 1979. Light- to medium-bodied, this wine has an inviting fresh and floral aroma that just says springtime. It’s refreshing and tangy, tasting of lime and other citrus flavors along with juicy green apples. This is an interesting wine with lots of character that would go well with flavorful food like paella and mildly spicy Asian cuisine.
Pierre Sparr 2016 Pinot Blanc, Alsace, France
Bought • Wine Merchant, 7817 Forsyth Boulevard, in April for $14.99
Description • Elegant and beautifully balanced, this lovely, pale dry white comes from an Alsatian winery that was founded in 1680. Aged in stainless steel tanks without skin contact, this fragrant white is more delicate and finer than the Müller-Thurgau. It has good acidity and minerality and tastes of fresh stone fruit and apples with refreshing lemony notes. An easy-to-drink wine, it can be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif wine or with shellfish and other light fare.