Elk Cove Vineyards 2014 Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley, $19
Adam Campbell earns our top rating for the second consecutive vintage on behalf of this lesser-appreciated and modest grape from Burgundy. Their hand-picked collection from Five Mountain, Mount Richmond and Estate vineyards opens with alluring aromas of Asian pear, Golden Delicious apple, white peach, currant blossom and dried apricot. The entry is round with juicy pineapple and papaya before its bursts with flavors that hint at Granny Smith apple, fresh-cut celery and gooseberry. It’s complex, clean and beautifully balanced. Fortunately, the Campbells doubled production while maintaining the price of what ranks as one of the Pacific Northwest’s best expressions with this variety.
Production: 2,548 cases