Very light yellow in the glass. The nose is lemony, bright and green apple. The palate is not as I expected- it’s got some citrus, but not overly tart. I get pineapple instead of the expected apple and lemon. There’s a hint of green melon and gooseberry. The midpalate has a waxy mouthfeel that makes the chilled wine seem warm. The finish is rather short but flavorful. That gooseberry note picks up and the acidity kicks in a touch. This is a really tasty Pinot Gris that has a bit of weight to it. I’m digging it. 88 points and 4 stars for this $12 effort. Drink with chilled shrimp or some fresh shucked oysters. Salut….
I bought Moxie a few bottles of Pinot Gris at Christmas, she was making white Sangria. As usual, I overbought. This one broke the bank at $13. It has a peachy yellow color to it and a nose of lemon peel, pineapple and ginger. On the palate it is very approachable. Refreshing citrus, not overly acidic with hints of beeswax and more of that ginger, but like ginger-ale, not the sliced and raw version. The wine slides nicely without being tart or bitter. It offers a nice mid palate waxiness and the finish is medium in length and packed with pineapple curd. I am really enjoying this wine after being in the car all day. Serving it up with some fish filets, smoky bacon Quinoa and buttered Brussel Sprouts. It firing on all cylinders. 90 points and 5 stars, buy it by the dozen for the summer. Drink now till 2020. Salut….
My folks are in town for JJ’s Ballet performance. Mum likes the whites and I figured some Pinot Grigio/Gris would work well for a warmish weekend. This one was a very pale yellow- which is a good thing for this varietal. Nose of lemons, pomelo and green apples. The initial taste is rather surprising- more body than I imagined with hints of wax, lemons, bergamot. The mid palate exhibits a citrusy component that I’m enjoying. The acidity is very mild and doesn’t really hit the palate until the finish. Speaking of which, it is mid length and laden with more citrus in the form of lemon peel and a hint of lanolin. 89 points and a great opener to a Friday night! $17 buys this charmer all day long and it gets 3 stars from me, I’m buying more! Salut….
Pale yellow, almost cloud-like in the glass. A nose of lemon curd, green melon and kumquat. The flavors on the initial attack are pear, lemon and seven-up. This wine reminds me of a steely Chablis, very minerally and biting. Acidity is present but subsides nicely into a mid palate and finish of green pear and lemon drops. This winery is very consistent and I really enjoy what they make. 88 points and 5 stars for this $9 effort. A go-to winery in a pinch and on a budget. I served it up with grilled Salmon. Salut….
Wow, it’s been a busy month around here with broken water pipes, a busted 15 year old dishwasher, kids getting surgeries (yes multiple), I broke my foot and Moxie got a spike in the sidewall of a new tire (Why did I decline the insurance two months ago when I bought the damned thing?). Oh, son number 3 hit his head ice skating today (quick trip to the urgent care). So, I decided to heat up some leftovers, pour myself a big glass of this bad boy and try to relax.
My first impression was that the wine had a beautiful yellow/golden color but with a pinkish tinge, very unique. On the nose- Pear/quince, very pinpoint…A crispy entrance of green pears, kumquat and ginger kept me on the edge. The mid palate offered up some sweet plantain and lime, mesmerizing. This wine is fresh with an acidic sting and a balanced mouthfeel. 89 points from me and at $17 this is a great wine to pair with oysters, chicken salad or even a tuna sandwich. 3 stars and definitely a repeat purchase for me. Salut….
A Columbia Valley charmer that Moxie picked up a while back. She meant to make Sangria and bought a bunch of different whites to try. The party never materialized so I got to open her choices. This one was very pale gold in the glass and had aromas of pineapple, citrus, cantaloupe and ginger. It was not as acidic as I like but had a mouthful of lemon/lime, melon and some apple. A mid palate switch to blood oranges and the spice mix again. 87 points and 3 stars for this $11 wine. Drink now with light fare or by the pool on a hot day. It has a unique flavor profile that should appeal to many as an easy drinker. Salut….
If you read my previous post on the Oriel Chardonnay, you will remember that the folks were over for dinner. This was the other white I served that glorious summer night. This one is more my style, but got mixed reviews from Mum and Dad. I like Pinot Gris, especially in the heat of summer. It’s cool, crisp, clear and light. I would consider it almost the polar opposite of Chardonnay. Citrus, acidity and a good balance make this style of wine my choice for the heat. They call it Novocao, from the winery in Amity, part of the famous Willamette Valley. The region is coming up with some really good stuff, yet this is the first Pinot Gris I have had from there. I am going to rate it lower than the Chard, even though I enjoyed it more simply because I cannot rate on personal choice, only the quality in general. 3 stars, and 84 points. If you find it cheap, get it- great for every day summer quafffffing!
Working backwards through my wine pictures I came across this little gem. Called the Novocao and made in Oregon- the Pinot Gris is just what we needed to go with Moxie’s (the wife) “low country shrimp and grits”. A spicy dish needing some acidity and freshness, the people from Amity did not disappoint! Highly recommended and serve chilled.