Saturday, August 13, 2011

flipflop Pinot Grigio 2010

California (wine review and rating)

flipflop Pinot Grigio 2010

Origin: California
Blend: Pinot Grigio (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: August 2011
Purchase Price: $5.99 (750ml bottle)

Our review: Lemon yellow in color, this wine has aromas of tropical fruit (pineapple, melon) with significant notes of tree and citrus fruit (green apple, orange). Smooth on the palate, the fruit flavors are an interesting mix of sweet and tart, settling more towards the latter into the finish, which retains much of the fruit character, though is reminiscent ever so slightly of apple peel or citrus rind.

Our rating: This is a new label, launched earlier this year by Underdog Wine Merchants, with seven varietals all with a recommended retail price of $7 per bottle. There's nothing complex about this wine, but it is very drinkable. We served our bottle during a pot-luck style lunch, and given its versatility in pairing, that's probably a good choice. It would also do well at an informal gathering of friends and family, and work well with appetizers. We enjoyed this wine, rating it Above Average.

Taste profile from the winemaker: Light-bodied, refreshing with tropical citrus, ripe pear and a zesty, clean finish.

Winery website: flipflop: to each, their own. According to information posted on the website, for every bottle of flipflop wine purchased, Soles4Souls will distribute a pair of shoes to someone in need (up to 100,000 pairs this year).

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