Youngberg Hill 2016 Aspen Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $25

McMinnville vintner Wayne Bailey has joined others in Oregon’s Willamette Valley by transitioning some of his Pinot Gris over to Chardonnay. His remaining 2 1/2 acres of 10-year-old Gris in the family’s Aspen Block makes for an easy and delicious drink. Tropical tones with Key Lime lead into orchard fruit notes of apricot and Granny Smith apple, where the off-dry approach at nearly 2% residual sugar achieves balance with ample acidity. At his iconic B&B, guests enjoy it on the deck with cheese, bread and a light virgin olive oil.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 260 cases

Alcohol: 13.4%

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