14 Hands Winery NV Brut, Columbia Valley, $15
Best Buy! The Washington wine industry’s fastest-growing brand continues to expand its portfolio by taking advantage of the sparkling wine expertise within Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. It offers classic aromas of dusty Granny Smith apple, yeasty sourdough, lime, toast and fresh-cut celery. Beyond the frothy entry of fine mousse, there’s an enjoyable off-dry approach of Golden Delicious apple and Asian pear flavors for a delicious midpalate. The injection of Key lime juice balances the residual sugar of 2.25%, making it quite juicy on the finish as the persistence of orchard fruit and notes of lemongrass provide great length. Suggested pairings include fish tacos, smoked Gouda mac ‘n’ cheese, onion tart, scallops in cream sauce and stuffed mushrooms.
Production: 7,000 cases