Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $11

By on July 3, 2015

chateau-ste-michelle-pinot-gris-2014-bottleBest Buy! Bob Bertheau’s white wine team in Woodinville, Wash., seeks to craft its Pinot Gris in between the tropical Alsatian style often found in Washington state and the more brisk, refreshing and Italian approach that Oregon vintners seem to be reaching for. Last year’s record-setting heat set this up for a bright and fruity nose of apricot, golden raspberry, cantaloupe and starfruit with undertones of kiwi. On the palate, upfront acidity and dry finish allows for flavors of white peach, pear and piña colada. It is the state’s largest production of Pinot Gris, so it is widely available. And suggested food pairings include halibut or scallops influenced by tarragon and anise, Fettuccine Alfredo or a plate of cheese and fruit.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 127,835 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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