Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Kirkland Pinot Grigio 2010

Friuli, Italy (wine review and rating)

Kirkland Pinot Grigio 2010

Origin: Friuli, Italy
Blend: Pinot Grigio (100%)
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: August 2011
Purchase Price: $6.99 (750ml bottle)

Our review: Straw-gold in color this wine has aromas of tree fruit (apples, peaches) with notes of flowers. Nicely balanced on the palate, the fruit flavors are similar in character as those on the nose, slightly tart and accompanied by a mild minerality, which remains well into the finish.

Our rating: We previously reviewed the 2009 vintage of this wine, sold exclusively at Costco, and were delighted to see it again in our local store. When we compared our notes, year over year, we found that these two vintages are broadly similar, but we think the present bottle is somewhat more refined, more interesting than last year's. We served our bottle with an appetizer platter consisting of both hot and cold finger foods, and found it paired nicely with everything. We think its versatility is a strong factor in its favor, but would suggest poultry — like chicken satays with a peanut sauce and pickled cucumbers on the side — as its best food match. We rate it on the very high side of Above Average. And maybe the best part: it's priced a dollar less than last year.

Taste profile from the winemaker: A bright and fragrant bouquet of crisp apple and pear notes, with a hint of tropical fruit and a touch of dried nuts. The acidity is crisp followed by a clean and refreshing finish. (From the bottle label.)

Winery website: None found.

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