Balboa Winery 2016 Bloxom Slope Vineyard Grüner Veltliner, Yakima Valley, $30

Work in the U.S. with this Austrian white grape began with Stephen Reustle in Southern Oregon, and his success with it has inspired others to follow his lead. Walla Walla producers Tom Glase and Tyler Grennan returned to Bloxom Slope and their latest bottling seems on par with the stellar 2015, which earned a gold medal at last year’s Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition. Aromas of creamy lemon, dusty Bosc pear and white peach are reminiscent of a dry Riesling. There’s a match on the palate with delicious structure from front to back. Mouthwatering lime pith and Granny Smith apple tartness help describe the finish that doesn’t miss any pockets.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 126 cases

Alcohol: 13.3%

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