It’s easy to think of Oregon as the land of Pinots, and maybe even a little Riesling, but this is as multifaceted and compelling of a region as there is in the U.S. Andrew Rich seems to be on a one-man quest to prove it, whether that means venturing across the Columbia River for some Malbec or Syrah or staying closer to home for some Sauvignon Blanc.
Yes, the Willamette Valley produces Sauvignon Blanc, of all things, and Andrew has set out to make a rather unique version of it. Fermented in a tank and then finished in lightly toasted, cigar shaped barrels, this is not your father’s Oregon Sauvignon Blanc. I can say that quite decisively, since your father didn’t drink Oregon Sauvignon Blanc. You see, there just wasn’t any being, oh forget it. Go and check out this unique example of the fringes of Oregon’s wine culture!
2011 Andrew Rich Sauvignon Blanc Croft Vineyard
After tank-started fermenting, went into a lightly toasted, cigar shaped barrel