Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Brassfield Pinot Grigio 2009

Brassfield Pinot Grigio 2009
Origin: California
Blend: Pinot Grigio (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.7%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: December 2010
Purchase Price: $8.99

Our review: Light yellow gold, this wine has aromas of tropical fruit (pineapple, papaya) with distinct notes of spice and orange zest. Of moderate body on the palate, the fruit flavors are well-balanced, though definitely on the tart side. The finish has an abrupt stone-like mineral character to it.

Our rating: This is an interesting example of this varietal. We liked its complexity, but found that its tartness tended towards bitterness after a while, making it slightly less enjoyable; the rather hard-edged finish doesn't help here. We served our bottle with a simple broiled chicken and rice dish, and believe it would pair well with most seafood and lighter meats. Overall, score-wise, we rate it Above Average but in retrospect it seems that score may be generous.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Vibrant tropical aromas of mango and passion fruit pair with more subtle hints of coconut, ginger, fennel and star jasmine. Ripe peach and pineapple further enhance the delicious flavor profile on a perfectly balanced framework of acidity and minerality. The wine finishes with a supple and elegant mouth-feel."

Winery website: Brassfield Estate Winery.

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