2. DeLille Cellars 2013 Chaleur Estate Blanc, Columbia Valley, $38
University of Washington grad Chris Upchurch shows his devotion and appreciation of white Bordeaux with this blend of Sauvignon Blanc (65%) and Sèmillon that’s become one of the United States’ top examples of wines in the style of the historic Graves District. Starfruit, lemon pepper, seashell and chalkboard dust aromas lead into gooseberry, Golden Delicious apple and lemon juice. This is much more fruit-forward and complex than most West Coast examples. This same wine shined last fall at the 2014 Great Northwest Invitational, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
Production: 2,400 cases