Big House Birdman Pinot Grigio 2008
Origin: Central Coast, California
Blend: Pinot Grigio (79%), Chenin Blanc (6%), Malvasia Bianca (6%), Viognier (5%), other white (4%)
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: March 2009
Suggested retail price: $14.99
Our review: A pale greenish-yellow in color, this wine has aromas of green apple and lime with distinct floral, almost orange blossom, notes. Delicious on the palate, the fruit flavors come alive and are followed by a nicely balanced acidity. The finish brings out the more subtle citric aspects of the wine.
Our rating: An very fine pinot grigio, interesting without being overly complex. This wine would work well as an aperitif or at a garden luncheon. Not quite excellent on the score sheet, but we're going to round up and rate it so.
Taste profile from the winemaker: "The serious gravitas of this wine permeates all of its characteristics; a bold and weighty nose of citrus fruits, the full palate with touches of grapefruit and melon, strong acidity that balanced and a long, lingering quenching finish."
Winery website: Big House Wines.