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Oct 01, 2016
The Oregon Wine Press tasting panel blind tasted a large selection of Pinot Gris for their July Cellar Selects tasting and our 2015 Rosé of Sangiovese was honored.
Whites Done Right
Panel picks Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois and Albariño
This month highlights several interesting whites perhaps new to the palates of some readers. Most have encountered the clean, lightly fruity representations of Oregon Pinot Blanc. A few Oregon producers offer Auxerrois, another grape often blended with Pinot Blanc in the classic growing region of Alsace, France. Finally, this selection includes three distinct styles of the Spanish grape Albariño. Open a bottle, or three, and experience the diverse range of Oregon wines.
Maryhill 2015 Otis Vineyard Proprietor’s Reserve Columbia Valley Albariño
This Albariño has a LOT going on. Tropical aromas of banana peel, orange, pineapple, apricot, coconut and green pine suggest you are in for something interesting. Full, rich and mouth-coating, the palate is tempered with crisp, clean acidity. Flavors of coconut, peach, grapefruit and an orange bite grab you and won’t let go.
$20 (504 cases)
The Oregon Wine Press tasting panel has selected the following wines based on overall quality and value within their respective categories. To the best of our knowledge, they are currently available in the marketplace. Wine must be: 1) produced by an Oregon winery; 2) priced (retail) $30 or less for reds, $30 or less for Chardonnay, $30 or less for dessert and sparkling wines, and $25 or less for remaining varietals; and 3) currently available to consumers. Recommended wines were selected using a double-blind method and a 20-point ranking system for appearance, aroma, taste, balance and finish.