Balboa Winery 2015 Bloxom Slope Vineyard Grüner Veltliner, Yakima Valley, $20

By on August 9, 2016

balboa-gruner-veltlinerFounding winemaker Tom Glase worked with some of the region’s largest vineyards during his days at L’Ecole No. 41 and Corliss Estate. Here, the Walla Walla Valley vintner reaches into a little-known Yakima Valley vineyard for an obscure white grape. Floral aromas include apple, ginger and steely minerality. Its pleasantly bright entry brings along pear and more apple flavors, backed by white pepper and continued minerality amid the virtually dry finish of 0.6% residual sugar. It’s a delicious introduction to this variety that’s native to Austria, and it earned a gold medal at the 2016 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 39 cases

Alcohol: 13.4%

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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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