Abiqua Wind Vineyard 2016 Estate Caleb Knorr Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $15

By on July 27, 2018

Best Buy! Four decades ago, the Buffingtons first planted Pinot Gris at their vineyard in the breezy Cascade Foothills east of Salem, Ore., and they opted to name their flagship wine to honor their grandson. This former strawberry field remains a legacy to the late David Lett, who sold the Pinot Gris cuttings for Pete Buffington’s first vines. The drink is fun and complex from start to finish, opening with aromas of peach taffy, piña colada and Ambrosia Salad. There’s some roundness on the entry before the vibrant rush of quince and vibrant lemon/lime. Finishing notes of Granny Smith apple peel and jasmine make it ideal for seafood.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 265 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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