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Ch. Benoit Muller Thurgau 1999

Muller Thurgau from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Winemaker Notes

    Our Muller Thurgau displays the classic flavors of kiwi, pineapple and peaches. Great as an aperitif, this wine is best enjoyed with lighter, spicier cuisine such as curry, Thai, Chinese, Cajun or Mexican.

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    Ch. Benoit

    Chateau Benoit

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    Chateau Benoit, Willamette Valley, Oregon
    Chateau Benoit winery was founded in 1979; today, it includes nearly a hundred acres of vineyards. The Benoits combine state of the art equipment with traditional European techniques in producing their wines. Ultimately, however, they hope that you sense in the wines what the French call "terroir": the soil, the climate, the essence of this small estate in the rolling hills of Yamhill County, Oregon.

    Willamette Valley

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    One of Pinot Noir’s most successful New World outposts, the Willamette Valley is the largest and most important AVA in Oregon. With a temperate climate moderated by a Pacific Ocean influence, it is perfect for cool-climate viticulture—warm and dry summers allow for steady, even ripening, and frost is rarely a risk during spring and even winter. Mountain ranges bordering three sides of the valley, particularly the Chehalem Mountains, provide the option for higher-elevation, cooler vineyard sites. The three prominent soil types here create significant differences in wine styles between vineyards and sub-AVAs. The iron-rich, basalt-based Jory volcanic soils found commonly in the Dundee Hills are rich in clay and hold water well; the chalky, sedimentary soils of Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton, and McMinnville encourage complex root systems as vines struggle to search for water and minerals. The silty loess found in the Chehalem Mountains, somewhere in between the other two in texture, is fertile and well-draining but erodes easily, creating challenges for growers but necessitating careful vineyard management.

    The celebrated Pinot Noir of the Willamette Valley typically offers supple red fruit, especially cranberry, without the powerful punch often packed by its California counterparts. Elegance is paramount here, and fruit flavors are balanced by forest floor, wild mushroom, and dried herbs—much more in line with Burgundian examples of the variety. Chardonnay too takes its inspiration from the French motherland, focusing on tart, crisp fruit and minerality, rarely relying upon heavy new oak. Pinot Gris here is fleshy and bright, and Riesling is dry, aromatic, and citrus-focused.

    Muller Thurgau

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    Müller-Thurgau is a white grape variety created by Hermann Müller in the Swiss Canton of Thurgau in 1882. He crossed Riesling with the table grape, Madeleine Royale, with the goal of making a delightful drinking wine from an easier-to-grow vine than Riesling. When done right, Müller-Thurgau is full-bodied with floral aromatics. It has a refreshing, ripe, peach character that balances a crunchy and crisp quality. Müller-Thurgau makes white wine in Germany, Austria, Northern Italy, Hungary, England, Australia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, New Zealand, the United States and Japan. While some of its best examples actually come from the Alto Adige region of Italy, it is still the second most widely planted white grape in Germany second to Riesling. Worldwide, it is one of the most widely planted of the new breeds created since the 19th century.

    CLW245200_1999 Item# 27435