Sauvignon Blanc is the only Bordeaux variety at the estate vineyard Christopher Barnes planted in 2013 for what’s now a 3,000-case brand near Carlton, Ore. It also resulted in his first Platinum with a white wine. The wide-ranging aromas include yellow grapefruit and sliced Bartlett pear with honey and allspice. There’s a tropical and rich approach to the palate as mango and pineapple pick up juicy hints of Ruby Red grapefruit and quince for delicious balance to serve with fresh pesto and angel hair pasta, oven-baked sole, clams in a garlic butter sauce or a burrata and prosciutto salad. Barnes also pours his wines at his young satellite tasting room in downtown McMinnville along Third Street. Awards: Great Northwest Invitational (best of class/double gold).
Rating: Platinum, 92 points
Production: 94 cases