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Maryhill Winery 2016 Winemaker’s White, Columbia Valley, $14
Best Buy! Richard Batchelor works with some of Washington’s top vineyards, and his bargain Winemaker’s White program helps show the quality of fruit from sites such as Tudor Hills in the Yakima Valley. Pinot Gris (28%) from the Tudor family and Sauvignon Blanc (28%) off the estate Gunkel Vineyard combine to form the base of this blend with Viognier (23%) and Sèmillon, which bring out aromas and flavors of lime, starfruit and Asian pear. Abundant acidity easily balances the 0.5% residual sugar and allows it to pair well with seafood or a tray of fruit, cheeses and cured meat. There’s a growing following for this blend as Batchelor and Dirk Richardson teamed up to double production of this piece within their entry-level Classic lineup. And yet, it received a gold medal at the 2018 Cascadia International Wine Competition.
Production: 3,216 cases