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Sawtooth Winery 2017 Pinot Gris, American, $13
Best Buy! This Pinot Gris produced by Ste. Chapelle’s Meredith Smith is an indication of the savage winter damage that haunted Idaho growers and winemakers during the 2017 vintage. While the bottle reads, “Proudly produced in Idaho,” the fruit came from beyond the borders of the Gem State. It’s a blend of styles, opening with apricot pie, butterscotch and minerally aromas that lead to a fascinating burst of lemon juice and yellow bell pepper flavors. The finish of Navel orange pith seems ideal with steamed mussels, linguini and clams or pumpkin bisque.
Production: 1,004 cases