Crawford Vineyard near Prosser, Wash., continues to grow its following among winemakers as a source for attractive whites. Tanya Woodley in the Walla Walla Valley is emblematic of that, having tripled her production of this white Rhône grape from 2014. Her protocols start with stainless steel fermentation then taking part of the juice and sending it into neutral oak barrels. After five months, she blends and bottles. The nose is lightly perfumy nose, reminiscent of Bosc pear, white peach and starfruit. On the palate, flavors of Asian pear with richness of melon and pineapple are backed by a finish of Golden Delicious apple and lime juice, making it brought quaffable and bright. This product of Walla Walla Community College’s acclaimed winemaking program suggests serving this with salmon, chicken piccata and mild cheeses.
Production: 180 cases
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