Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2014 Estate Riesling, McMinnville, $18

This often-overlooked North Willamette Valley producer continues to excel with its cool-climate program, and while Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay grab most of the headlines in Oregon, Stephen Cary and Ariel Eberle continue to prove that Riesling deserves to be the discussion, too. They work with two blocks of own-rooted Riesling planted in mid-1980s, which they cropped to 2.8 tons per acre and plucked at 21 Brix on Oct. 27. Theirs is a beautifully acidic and dry Riesling that balances flavors and aromas of citrus and tropical fruit along with a dash of varietally true petrol. While crisp on the palate and, at 2.5% residual sugar it’s versatile enough to beg for spicy dishes or to be consumed alone. This bottling earned a lofty double gold at the 2017 Great Northwest Invitational, yet their 2015 Riesling went on to even greater heights as best of class at the Columbia Gorge Hotel judging.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 330 cases

Alcohol: 10.8%

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