Wine of the Day, No. 425


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Here’s a delightful, quaffable white wine with which to while away the rest of a mid-August week. Made all in stainless steel (and including a dabble of pinot blanc), the Left Coast Cellars “The Orchards” Pinot Gris 2016, Willamette Valley, lives up to its name. A shimmering pale gold hue, the wine offers seductive aromas of jasmine and honeysuckle wrapped around notes of apple and pear, against a more meadowy effect of heather and a hint of damp flint in the background; a few moments in the glass bring in touches of almond blossom and almond skin, the latter element a welcome bit of contrast. The wine is quite dry, lithe and crystalline on the palate, a cool, breezy drink that’s more spare, even more elegant than might be expected and that finishes with chastening, chiseled limestone minerality. 13.7 percent alcohol. A terrific aperitif or to accompany fresh oysters …

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