Next-gen winemaker Megan Hughes spearheads the white wine program at her family’s Barnard Griffin Winery, and her work here with Albariño adds more acclaim for Crawford Vineyard, a relatively cool site along the Roza in the Yakima Valley near Prosser. There’s no oak involved in the winemaking, which keeps the spotlight on the blend of green apple, lime, peach and tropical notes that make this Spanish grape so popular. A sense of honeysuckle on the midpalate adds complexity, setting the table for the long, juicy and bone-dry finish.
Rating: Unanimously Outstanding!
Double gold medal — 95 points
Production: 250 cases