86. Bainbridge Vineyards 2013 Müller-Thurgau, Puget Sound, $18
Swiss-born Hermann Müller’s work to develop the variety in 1882 at the famed Institute of Enology at Geisenheim University in Germany was initially promoted as a cross of early-ripening Silvaner with noble Riesling. Thanks to DNA research, it’s recently been revealed to be the quick-to-mature Madeleine Royale — not Silvaner. Only after World War II did M-T catch on, but by the 1970s, plantings of Müller-Thurgau surpassed Riesling in Germany, and Bainbridge Vineyards founding winemakers Gerard and JoAnne Bentryn brought the grape to the Puget Sound later that decade. It continues to thrive on the island, producing this bright and steely wine with aromas of Uncola, lime zest, Granny Smith apple peel and fresh herbs. Inside, it carries a gorgeous structure of kiwi and McIntosh apple, capped by a beautiful finish of sweet lime juice and fresh sprig of mint.
Production: 125 cases