Boomtown by Dusted Valley 2016 Pinot Gris, Washington, $19

Wine Press Northwest’s recent tasting of Chardonnay cast a spotlight on the delicious work being done within Washington’s Columbia Basin by Jerry Milbrandt’s team. Its work with Pinot Gris — another Burgundy grape – and collaboration with Chad Johnson, Corey Braunel and Griffin Frey of Dusted Valley Vintners earns our top rating for the second straight vintage. Alluring aromas of tutti frutti, grapefruit, apricot and mint lead to a boatload of starfruit, orange and nectarine flavors. The pulse of lemon/lime acidity, Granny Smith apple peel and slice of green banana combine to create a finish that’s remarkably long for a white wine. Suggested pairings include creamy pasta, smoked foods and shrimp dishes, and while these wines are available at a growing number of restaurants, they also can be found at larger retailers at prices in the lower teens.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 3,000 cases

Alcohol: 12.9%

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