Abiqua Wind Vineyard NV Bin 3 Abiqua Cuvée White Wine, Willamette Valley, $14

By on June 19, 2015

Abiqua Wind Vineyard Bin 3 Abiqua Cuvee labelBest Buy! More than a decade ago, Pete Buffington and wife, Marcia, traded their life as ranchers and commercial fishing along the Oregon Coast for this 11-acre vineyard near the Cascade foothills east of Salem. Today, the Buffingtons continue to grow their reputation with cool-climate wines at everyday prices, and this Edelzwicker-style blend from each white variety they grow includes Early Muscat, Gewürztraminer, Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Gris and Riesling and creates a highly aromatic and crisp wine. The fun nose hints at Ambrosia Salad, honeysuckle, yellow grapefruit, gooseberry and nutmeg. On the palate, there’s a constant stream of Granny Smith apple and grapefruit juice with river rock as the Riesling takes the lead. Delicious acidity easily balances the residual sugar of 1% and leads to round finish of apricot.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 85 cases

Alcohol: 12%

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