Willow Crest Winery 2014 Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley, $14

By on November 19, 2015

Willow Crest Winery-2014-Pinot Gris BottleBest Buy! Crisp white wines are the focus of the label founded by Prosser vintner David Minick, and Los Angeles native Julie Brown — Ron Bunnell’s niece — took the lead on this bottling for Precept. Recently, the grape sources have ventured beyond the Minick estate planting and into Canyon Ranch Vineyard, and the results make this prime example of Pinot Gris in Washington. Tropical aromas of passionfruit and guava pick up bright hints of sweet lemon and lime. On the attack, it’s pleasing from start to finish as it opens with flavors of peach, Golden Delicious apple and pear before it hits on notes of POG juice. Sassy acidity and peach skin tension make for a delicious farewell. Yet, its dry approach lends it to applications with seafood, too.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 3,000 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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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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