Lone Birch 2011 Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley, $13

By on February 2, 2013

Lone Birch Pinot GrisAirfield Estates in Prosser, Wash., already made some of the best value wines in the Northwest, and then the Miller clan created its second lower-priced label. The Millers cropped their Black Rock Creek vineyard to 5 tons per acre for a wine that opens with a nose of lemon zest, Asian pear, starfruit, white pepper and river rock. The approach to the palate is dry (0.6% residual sugar) yet fruitful with pears, Honeycrisp apple and more starfruit. The pleasing finish of citrus pith and tutti frutti will pair deliciously with a Waldorf salad.

Rating:  Excellent

Production: 2,934 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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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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