Hanson Vineyards 2014 Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley, $17

By on February 7, 2016

hanson-vineyards-pinot-blanc-2014-labelA featured participant at Portland’s 2015 Uncommon Wine Festival, Mount Angel winemaker Jason Hanson relishes in working with tiny lots of the 10 cool-climate varieties — including Gewürztraminer, Gamay and Madeleine Angevine — from two estate vineyards on the four-generation farm for his 1,200-case program. His eclectic blend of Pinot Noir and Marèchal Foch merited a silver medal at the 2015 Great Northwest Wine Competition, and this bottling of Pinot Blanc in the Cascade Foothills is fascinating and bone dry. It offers tones of baked Gala apple, Bartlett pear and baking spices as hints of fresh pine sap and toast are framed by minerality. Scintillating citrusy acidity drives through the finish and bodes well for delicate white fish such as basa, cod or tilapia.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 45 cases

Alcohol: 12.82%

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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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