This fascinating white is two-thirds Chardonnay, but the rest is a beguiling blend of Pinot Blanc, Auxerois, Ehrenfelser, Scheurebe, Sylvaner and Ruhlander! Turns out the Alsatian vines were planted by the previous owner 20 years ago as personal vines for his own use. The wine is quite Euro in style, with a tangy, peppery flavor reminiscent of Grüner Veltliner. But along with the spice is some juicy, succulent green and yellow citrus fruit, with persistence and thrilling intensity. Editors' Choice.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.