Amongst the 52 acres of the Illahe vineyard, the Fords planted an acre and a half of Grüner Veltliner, which had been brought over to the USA by a Hungarian fighter pilot who defected to the West. How's that for a backstory?
Winemaker Brad Ford ages the juice from the carefully hand-harvested Grüner grapes in acacia barrels rather than oak, which rounds out the wine with gorgeous honey tones over the lively citrus, fruit and white pepper flavours. Without waxing too lyrical, you really can get a feel of the freshly-cut hay and of the Oregon countryside amidst this inspiringly fresh take on the traditional Grüner Veltliner structure and rich texture.
Would it be wrong to suggest that we like this Grüner better than most Austrian versions? If loving it is wrong, we really don't want to be right.