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Crayelle Cellars 2017 Albariño, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $24
A decade ago, Ivy League grad Craig Mitrakul launched his boutique Crayelle Cellars brand in Cashmere, Wash., and his work with the Spanish variety Albariño is among the best in the Northwest. A year ago, he won gold medals at several Northwest judgings with his 2016 Albariño. Consider this 2017 Albariño “textbook with flair” – the nose draws you in immediately, showing off Jolly Rancher green apple candy, with a kick of grapefruit juice on the side. The palate matches the nose, with fruit so ripe and lush, amplified by natural sweetness; a true treat from Evergreen Vineyard. This won double gold and best in class at the sixth annual Cascadia International Wine Competition.
Production: 125 cases