Best Northwest wines of 2015: 100-91

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93. Huston Vineyards 2014 Chicken Dinner White, Snake River Valley, $16

huston-vineyards-chicken-dinner-white-2014-bottleThe Alger family from Idaho’s Sunnyslope shined at the 2015 Great Northwest Wine Competition with a gold medal for its 2013 Private Reserve Chardonnay, and it teamed up with award-winning winemaker Melanie Krause of Cinder Wines for another stunning white that’s part of its historic Chicken Dinner program. The Riesling-based blend offers a beautiful nose of Granny Smith apple, lemon and minerality with tropical tones in the background. There’s a match on the bright and crisp palate, which includes white peach and pear. It comes with a kiss of sweetness (1.3% residual sugar), yet brilliant acidity and a mist of orange oil strike a delicious and dry balance. Suggested fare includes apricot and walnut topped baked brie, spicy Asian noodles with ginger dressing, fish tacos and — of course — chicken. This wine is widely available in and around the state capital.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 1,170 cases

Alcohol: 13.1%

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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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