Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Glen Ellen Pinot Grigio 2009

California (wine review and rating)

Glen Ellen Pinot Grigio 2009

Origin: California
Blend: Pinot Grigio (100%)
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Bottle Closure: Synthetic Cork
Purchase Date: May 2011
Purchase Price: $4.99 (750ml bottle)

Our review: Medium gold, almost amber in color, this wine has aromas of spiced tree fruit, such as apple cider and perry. There isn't much fruit flavor on the palate, and is reminiscent of watered down apple juice. The finish is somewhat spicy, but otherwise not memorable.

Our rating: Yes, this is an inexpensive wine, but as we've discovered over the years, price doesn't always correlate well to value … or enjoyment. Unfortunately, it does in this case. We're hard pressed to find something positive to say about it, and about the only thing we can come up with is, we almost finished the bottle. We don't think any food pairing would improve it. We ended up scoring it Below Average to Inferior.

Taste profile from the winemaker: A light-bodied wine that bursts with flavors and aromas of citrus, melon and apple. With a clean, crisp finish this versatile wine is a perfect partner with seafood and stands up to spicy Latin and Asian cuisine.

Winery website: Glen Ellen Proprietor's Reserve at Concannon Vineyard.

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