Appellation: Columbia Valley
Recent research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that Pinot Gris plantings in Washington state have grown by 35 percent in the past five years, and John Freeman's delicious work with this white grape native to Burgundy are among the reasons why. The Walla Walla winemaker continues to focus his efforts on Canyon Vineyard Ranch, a Precept-controlled vineyard near Prosser, Wash., and the results are bright and refreshing. Harvest took place during the last week in August and created aromas and flavors of grapefruit, lemon/lime and almond, backed by touches of honeysuckle, peach and apricot.
Rating: Outstanding! by Great Northwest Wine. (13.5% alc.)
Production: 3,722 cases
Food pairings: Enjoy with Asian noodles, light barbecue fare and that holiday bird.
Waterbrook Winery, 10518 W. Highway 12, Walla Walla, 509-522-1262, www.waterbrook.com.