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Panther Creek Cellars 2016 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $20
Pinot Gris makes up more than 25 percent of this storied brand founded in 1986 by Oregon legend Ken Wright. It’s now his friend, Tony Rynders, who is helping Bacchus Capital Management to raise its winery’s profile in Washington state, where there’s a tasting room for it in Woodinville near Purple Café and Wine Bar. Complex aromas of orange, Cling peach, starfruit and coconut include brioche. On the palate, it’s definitely Oregon Pinot Gris with its bone-dry style, driven by Asian pear, white peach and pineapple. Apricot skin and charming acidity provide delicious depth. Enjoy alongside linguini with clam sauce, summertime salads or pork chops and apple sauce.
Production: 2,520 cases