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By on August 2, 2015

Milbrandt Vineyards 2014 Traditions Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $13

Milbrandt Vineyards-2014-Traditions Pinot Gris BottleBest Buy! Joshua Maloney may not officially favor one wine over another, but the winemaker for the Milbrandt brothers is on the record as saying he reaches for Pinot Gris more often than any other in his portfolio from the Wahluke Slope winery. It offers a remarkably tropical nose of mango, sweet pineapple and cotton candy, but there are also hints of pear and minerality. The drink, however, is bone-dry, crisp and racy with flavors of white peach, Granny Smith apple and pink grapefruit. Stunning acidity leads to a finish of slate and a twist of lime. Production was trimmed by more than half over the previous vintage, but the distribution remains broad.  Suggested pairings range from antipasto, summertime salads, steamed clams, oysters or linguine with mussels. Maloney even cooks with the wine, using it as the base of a simple sauce with fresh lemon juice and butter for grilled salmon. Butch Milbrandt would serve this with his Shrimp and Pesto Pizza or his Corn and Bacon Pizza.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 6,000 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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