5. Elk Cove Vineyards 2012 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $19
Second-generation winemaker Adam Campbell crafts simply stunning Pinot Gris. This might be as good as it gets year in and year out. In fact, we have a difficult time remembering the last time we didn’t give it our top rating in a blind judging. This newly released white opens with aromas of pear, Golden Delicious apple, lime and clove. On the palate, it is loaded with flavors of ripe orchard fruit, especially pear and apple. The round midpalate is beautifully balanced with bright, right-on acidity. The finish is simply sublime. Pair this with seared scallops, salmon, halibut, crab, clams … well, you get the gist.
Production: 15,500 cases