Latah Creek Wine Cellars 2015 DenHoed Vineyards Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley, $11
Best Buy! Mike Conway and daughter Natalie shine with aromatic whites, but this marks just their sixth vintage of producing Pinot Gris. Their latest effort may be perhaps their best with this Italian grape, and they present it with an orchard fruit style rather than a tropical style. It starts in Art denHoed’s vineyard and opens with aromas of white peach, green banana and honeydew melon with orange zest and sweet herbs. The blend of pear, kiwi fruit and Golden Delicious apple flavors make this delicious. Lime pith easily balances the residual sugar (0.5%), giving it a bright and clean finish. It’s winery matriarch Ellena Conway’s go-to white, and she pairs it with her Roasted Salmon with White Wine Sauce, which is part of her latest cookbook.
Production: 3,365 cases