The Milbrandts are farmers and have been since the '50s, so when grapes started to gain traction as a major crop in Washington state, they went right ahead and planted. Today, they have about 2,000 acres under vine and supply some of the most prestigious labels around. Their reds are solid and aromatic, but it's the Traditions Pinot Gris that I want you to try. 2012 is an awesome vintage, giving this wine some extra kick. Its aromas show wet stones, melon, lemon and citrus. The mouth is medium light, with white stone fruits, melon and lime. Racy acids may even lead you to think the wine is sparkling. The finish is fantastic: a beautiful fresh lime that fades to tangerine. This Pinot Gris is completely charming and versatile, pairing well with light seafood and chicken dishes. A bottle costs about $13.
-- Michael McVittie reviews
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