Lone Birch 2014 Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley, $12

By on January 10, 2016

lone-birch-pinot-gris-nv-bottleBest Buy! This historically warm vintage allowed the Miller family of Airfield Estates in Prosser to produce more affordable Pinot Gris, and their farming and winemaking practices allowed Marcus Miller to create this with crispness. It opens with aromas of peach pie and apricot with melon and kiwi fruit as lime zest and grassiness in the background offer Sauvignon Blanc-like appeal. There’s a good hit of kiwi fruit and apple on the entry as a combination of Key Lime juice and slaty minerality make for a  cleansing, easy-drinking finish. This is a growing brand for the Millers, who increased their production from the 2013 vintage by 25 percent.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 5,060 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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