Monday, July 5, 2010

Viner Pinot Grigio 2007

Viner Pinot Grigio 2007
Origin: delle Venezie, Italy
Blend: Pinot Grigio (100%)
Alcohol Content: 11.5%
Bottle Closure: Synthetic Cork
Purchase Date: May 2010
Purchase Price: $7.99

Our review: Medium gold in color, this wine has rich aromas of tree fruit (primarily apple) with significant notes of honey and spice. Round and full on the palate, the fruit flavors have considerable oak character, the finish adding a bit of heat (rather unusual for such a low alcohol wine).

Our rating: Pinot grigios are rarely aged in oak, but this example strongly suggests it was, from its deep color to its strong "oaky" flavors. Not a sipping wine, but one best consumed with richly flavored meals. We (fortuitously) chose roasted chicken to serve with this wine, which worked out just fine. It's definitely a different -- and unexpected -- take on this varietal, but it's also possible the wine is simply past its prime. We generally try to select pinot grigio vintages that are only a year or two old, but clearly we didn't check the label closely enough when this bottle was purchased. It's not a bad effort, however, though we rate it just Average.

No taste profile from the winemaker found.

Winery website: None found.

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