Delicious wines from Washington’s versatile Yakima Valley

By on April 12, 2015

Willow Crest Winery 2013 Estate Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley, $12

willow-crest-estate-pinot-gris-nv-bottleBest Buy! Precept executive Dave Minick founded this label in Prosser, Wash., which he named for his vineyard, and the legacy of his work with white wines continues. There’s a tiny drop of blush in the color and aromas of apple blossom, lime, minerality and beeswax.  It follows with a bright attack of white peach, Gala apple and pear flavors, surrounded by more minerality and crisp acidity to balance the residual sugar (0.6%). The success of this prompted an increased production of 50% from 2012.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 4,500 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%

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  1. Paul Cockrell says:

    Obviously there is a typo. How many cases does Palencia produce?

    • Andy Perdue says:


      For his day job at J&S Crushing/Columbia River’s Edge Winery in Mattawa, Wash., Victor Palencia oversees more than 1 million cases in wine production. For Palencia Winery, he makes about 3,000 cases total.

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