This wine has aromas of tarragon and fennel bulb, plus green pear, mineral, and citrus blossom. In the mouth, these flavors reoccur and you’ll find a lively, re- freshing texture. With its balance of acid, alcohol and fruitiness, the wine has body and length on the palate, yet remains fresh. Auxerrois is wonderful on its own as an apéritif, or with many courses at the beginning of a meal. It would pair well with crab salad or cured salmon with tarragon dressing.
-In 1971, Ginny and David Adelsheim purchased the 19 acres that would become Quarter Mile Lane Vineyard. They shared a dream with a handful of families that Oregon’s climate and land could one day produce serious wines. A home was built, vines planted, and in 1978, the first commercial wines were produced. Over four decades, Adelsheim Vineyard grew up with Oregon’s wine industry.
“Tangerine and lime in the nose anticipate the sweetly citric sorbet character that lends Adelsheim’s 2011 Auxerrois Ribbon Ridge considerable appeal, but it finishes with pointed piquancy and cheek-pinching tartness that, while invigorating, has to be said to vividly illustrate the extremity of its vintage.
I recall fondly discussions and tastings in the mid-1980s of older Alsace wine from my then shop and cellar with David Adelsheim, and these may have helped convince him to take Auxerrois seriously. (The present wine reflects Adelsheim’s second, post-phylloxera re-investment in planting that cepage.) There are arguably few Auxerrois-friendly vintages nowadays in Alsace as the grapes accumulate sugar and lose freshness too quickly, but in the Willamette in 2011 long hang time was not only no problem, it was a necessity! Given that, I am surprised that this would have retained such aggressively high acidity. I would want to revisit it in a year before writing it off as without cellar potential, but I tend to doubt it will reveal much. (Green apple lent Adelsheim’s 2010 Pinot Blanc an even more severe tartness. Paige sought to assure me that “our Pinot Blanc is fabulous when it’s five, ten years old”.)”
-Wine Advocate (87)