Reminiscent of what could be a Northwest expression of an Alsatian “grand vin” — a bit of heresy because the term is reserved for Riesling — the Lawrence family bottles this as a Pinot Gris with some bones. It’s aromatic and rich, bringing hints of orange Creamsicle, nectarine and baking spices. There’s Mandarin orange with a lightly honeyed midpalate that finishes with complexity and brightness, gathering up apricot skin and lemon. Enjoy with cheese or Asian dishes that bring some heat.
Rating: Outstanding! Gold medal — 92 points
Production: 55 cases