Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Frontera Pinot Grigio 2010

Central Valley, Chile (wine review and rating)

Frontera Pinot Grigio 2010

Origin: Central Valley, Chile
Blend: Pinot Grigio (100%)
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Bottle Closure: Natural Cork
Purchase Date: May 2011
Purchase Price: $7.99 (1.5L bottle)

Our review: Light- to medium-gold in color, this lightly scented wine has aromas of apple and pear with just a hint of flowers. The fruit flavor on the palate is of tart, barely ripened apples, though there is some balance to the acidity. The relatively brief finish is a little too harsh in comparison to what preceded it.

Our rating: This is another of our efforts to identify inexpensive 1.5 liter wines to serve at outdoor summer gatherings. This particular wine is inexpensive, to be sure, but it seems to lack versatility. We served our bottle with hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecued ribs and chicken, and it didn't seem to accompany any very well. Indeed, the Frontera Sauvignon Blanc that we reviewed earlier this year serves this purpose much better ... at the same price. Maybe we should have served both, and asked our guests what they thought! On balance, we rate this wine on the high side of Below Average, and would steer you towards this winery's Sauvignon Blanc as a more attractive alternative.

No taste profile from the winemaker found.

Winery website: Frontera Wines. This varietal is not mentioned on the winery website.

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