Appellation: Columbia Valley
University of Washington grad Chris Upchurch shows his devotion and appreciation of white Bordeaux with this blend of Sauvignon Blanc (65%) and Semillon that’s become one of the United States’ top examples of wines in the style of the historic Graves District. Starfruit, lemon pepper, seashell and chalkboard dust aromas lead into gooseberry, Golden Delicious apple and lemon juice. This much more fruit-forward and complex than most West Coast examples. This same wine shined last fall at the 2014 Great Northwest Invitational, and it shows no signs of slowing down. This won a gold medal at the 2015 Great Northwest Wine Competition. (13.2 percent alcohol)
Cases produced: 2,400
Food pairings: This rich white wine will pair beautifully with salmon, baked chicken or pasta in a cream sauce.
DeLille Cellars, 14421 Woodinville-Redmond Road N.E., Woodinville, 425-489-0544, www.delillecellars.com.