Thursday, October 1, 2009

Woodbridge Pinot Grigio 2008

Woodbridge Pinot Grigio 2008
Origin: California
Blend: Pinot Grigio (77%), Chenin Blanc (18%), Aromatic White Varieties (5%)
Alcohol Content: 12.0%
Bottle Closure: Synthetic Cork
Purchase Date: September 2009
Suggested Retail Price: $7.99

Our review: This wine is silver green with a pleasant aroma of spiced green apple and notes of tropical fruit (think kiwi). The palate is nicely balanced, the fruit flavors accompanied by a crisp minerality. The finish is of considerable length but is marred by being both a little too tart and astringent, and a little too spicy, almost smoky (which some may consider a positive attribute for a wine that received no oak cellaring).

Our rating: This is not a complex wine, but it's probably not intended to be. It would pair nicely with a cold turkey sandwich and a fresh summer salad, which is how we enjoyed our bottle; it's more of a lunch wine than a dinner one. (We noticed that the slightly disappointing finish is less noticeable when the wine is accompanied by food.) Look for it at less than it's retail price of $8, where it represents a good value. We rate it on the high side of Average.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "With its spicy array of citrus, honeydew melon and tropical fruit notes, this wine pairs nicely with many foods. The silky flavors -- enlivened with a refreshing, lemony finish -- taste great with appetizers, grilled fish or chicken, and fresh seafood salads."

Winery website: Woodbridge Wines.

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