2009 Brandborg Umpqua Valley Riesling ($16):
From an unexpected corner of the Northwest - southern Oregon - comes this deeply juicy but firmly structured Riesling. A grassy herb note (think marjoram) plus nutmeg and sea spray aromas are matched to sweet peach skin and Fuji apple, with refreshing acidity that makes it almost gulpable.
King Estate2009 King Estate Winery Signature Oregon Pinot Gris ($17):
This is King Estate's forte, and winemaker Jeff Kandarian focused on texture, aging in steel tanks but leaving the wine on lees for five months. Slightly spicy - think nutmeg - with a clear, lemony brightness.more of the top Chronicle's Top 100