An Outstanding case for Christmas

By on December 8, 2013

Willow Crest Winery 2012 Estate Muscat Canelli, Yakima Valley, $15

willow-crest-winery-muscat-canelli-bottleBest Buy! Precept Wine executive David Minick and his farming family began planting wine grapes in 1982 north of Prosser, Wash., and the site in the Roza Hills continues to produce showy white wines. Aromas of facial powder, rosewater and orange oil come with freshly peeled lychee, jasmine and pineapple Life Savers. Its huge tropical flavors are delicious, and the citrusy acidity is just enough to balance the 6% residual sugar. Enjoy with a steaming bowl of Vietnamese pho.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 561 cases

Alcohol: 10.8%


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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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