Thursday, June 9, 2011

Pacific Peak Pinot Grigio Box NV

California (wine review and rating)

Pacific Peak Pinot Grigio Box NV

Origin: California
Blend: Pinot Grigio (100%)
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Bottle Closure: N/A
Purchase Date: May 2011
Purchase Price: $10.99 (3L cask)

Our review: Golden straw in color, this wine has aromas of tree fruit (apples and pears), flowers (apple blossom), and notes of citrus (tangerine). The flavor on the palate leans more towards apple than any other fruit, with a slightly sweet sensation that quickly diminishes towards a more tart apple character. The brief finish is a bit on the acidic side, not exactly crisp, but not very memorable either.

Our rating: Box wines -- or, as this vintner prefers to refer to it, cask wines -- have the distinct advantage of retaining their freshness over a relatively long period of time, and thus are appropriate to have on hand when you just want a glass to accompany a quick lunch, but don't want to consume an entire bottle (even one with a screw cap). This isn't a bad example of an inexpensive box wine, though the flavors are a little thin and a bit muddled. We think it's best suited for that quick lunch mentioned above, or maybe to tap at an informal outdoor gathering of friends and family. On balance, we rate it on the very low side of Average (it is, after all, innocuous enough to be drinkable), but we're not sure we'd ever buy it again.

Taste profile from the winemaker: This wine has aromas of green apple, citrus and pear, a crisp and refreshing mid palate followed by a long smooth finish. (From the side panel of the box.)

Winery website: None.

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