2010 Anne Amie Müller-Thurgau Cuvée A

Yes I’m still drinking local but couldn’t help (guessing you’re not surprised) jumping off the beaten path. Have you had Müller-Thurgau (mew-ler ter-gow) before? Do you know what the most planted variety in Germany is? Why Riesling of course! But did you know that Müller-Thurgau was the 2nd? It was created in the late 19th century with the hopes of combining intensity and complexity of the Riesling grape with the ability to ripen earlier in the season that the Silvaner grape possesses. It never quite got there but for a brief period in the late 1970’s it was the most widely planted in Germany before a cold snap in the winter of 1979 destroyed the majority of the plantings. Which gets us to this Anne Amie which happened to be planted in 1979. Müller-Thurgau in Oregon you say? I first heard about it from my friend Beau over at Beau’s Barrel Room who covered the Kramer’s Vineyard sparkling offering. Needless to say I decided to give this one a try so why don’t we answer the question “why what do we have here?”

2010 Anne Amie Müller-Thurgau Cuvée APrice: $11.99 @ Whole Foods

What They Said:

Per Anne Amie “Our estate-grown Müller-Thurgau comes from vines first planted in 1979. Crisp, fresh, and dry, it is a charming example of the variety at its best. From chicken to shellfish, this wine is a versatile match for mildly spicy foods like Thai, Creole, or Mexican.”

What I Think:

(12.4%) 100% Müller-Thurgau – Rich and floral on the nose. More weight than expected on the palate with subdued peach and melon flavors along with a clean acidity that keeps this one (closer to off) dry and crisp. The finish shows apple, white fruit flavors and mineral notes while lingering on richly. Enjoyed this one and it gets extra points for being a grape variety off the beaten path. Strikes me as most closely resembling a dry Gewurztraminer (of which I happen to be quite a big fan of) so pair with spicy food and thank me later!

Wine Geek Notes: 1,500 cases produced, under screwtop (which I prefer)

Rating: Interesting (not sure I’d buy it again but glad I bought it once!)

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4 thoughts on “2010 Anne Amie Müller-Thurgau Cuvée A

  1. Nice writeup Jason and thanks much for the shoutout. I’d often wondered about this muller-thurgau, having spotted it in some Portland Whole Foods establishments. My past experience with Oregonian mullers were the Kramer versions (still and sparkling), and the Airlie version that some Southern California Trader Joe’s (including mine) stocked a few years ago. All of them were interesting exercises in wine geekery, save for the Kramer example which, because it had bubbles, had some extra pizzazz. I think you nailed the profile when comparing to a dry gewurz, I pick up a lot of the same notes, and perhaps the only thing that is missing is that warm, baking spice thing that gewurz has and muller seems to lack. Cheers!

  2. What a fun find. Our family just got back from WA/OR where had a really nice time.
    The only wine tasting I did in OR was at King Estate outside of Eugene. A tad fancy, but the wines were nice and the food was really good. Unfortunately, the wine that showcased the 2008 Pinot Noir Vintage had a $55 price tag. : (
    However, their second label, Acrobat, drinks very nicely for $12.
    BTW, their Pinot Gris, especially the “Domaine” are delicious.

  3. Not about the wine, but you’ve been saying you like the screwtop closures. Would this preference be extended to higher-end wines if it was used on those or just for more reasonably priced bottles?

  4. @Beau My pleasure on the shoutout! While it may resemeble a Gewurz until proven otherwise my loyalty lies with the Traminer family!

    @Angela Too bad we didn’t cross paths. Damn I meant to try the Acrobat label but forgot to do so. Bummer! That said I do have a King Estate Pinot Gris in the fridge now (thought their base offering). Looking forward to giving it a try!

    @Thomas My opinion is evolving towards any wine including higher end but certainly on most whites that are made to be drunk with two years of bottling. As for wines for aging (which I think of rather than price point from this perspective) as mentioned I’m conflicted. Part of me says yes because I would expect fewer flawed wines while part of me says no as how long would it take to achieve “age” under a screwtop. Check in next month for an update on where the battle is heading ;)

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