Saturday, July 16, 2011

Oak Leaf Pinot Grigio NV (New Bottle)

California (wine review and rating)

Oak Leaf Pinot Grigio NV

Origin: California
Blend: Pinot Grigio (100%)
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Bottle Closure: Synthetic Cork
Purchase Date: July 2011
Purchase Price: $2.77 (750ml bottle)

We recently reviewed this wine, so won't repeat ourselves here. But while picking up a few bottles this past week — yes, we actually follow our own recommendations! — we noticed something different about the bottle: it's small! Well, not really that small, but significantly shorter than "standard" wine bottles. We snapped a picture of the Oak Leaf Pinot Grigio next to a typical white wine bottle; you can see that it is not nearly as tall. It's about the same width though, and contains the same amount (750ml) of wine, just in a smaller package.

Tiny print on the bottle indicate it's made of "Eco-Glass", something new to us. We checked out the Oak Leaf website, and here's what they have to say about it.

Oak Leaf Eco-Glass™ wines are packaged in an innovative wine bottle that is significantly lighter than standard wine bottles, but the wine inside is just as good.

Made with 25% less glass than standard wine bottles, Oak Leaf Eco-Glass weighs significantly less than a standard bottle and requires much less fuel to transport. This results in less carbon emissions and a reduced environmental impact, which ultimately leads to a better, greener, more sustainable environment.

So enjoy a glass of Oak Leaf Eco-Glass and help the planet, as doing good feels good.


We also checked out the Eco-Glass.org website, which gives more information about the bottle itself and the wineries that are using it.

We think it's a terrific idea to use lighter glass — our arms certainly notice the difference! — and hope other wineries consider it too.

Taste profile from the winemaker: A light white wine with subtle aromas of ripe honeydew and orange blossoms. The flavors are bright with lemon, peach and a mineral crispness in the finish.

Winery website: Oak Leaf Vineyards.

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