Better than your standard Pinot Grigio, but not as powerful as my standard Pinot Gris

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Brand NameConcannon Vineyards
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Wine NamePinot Grigio
Vintage (Year)2008
AVACentral Coast
CountryUnited States
Wine ClassWhite
Wine TypePinot Gris/Grigio
Wine GroupsLow cost party staples
Alcohol %13.5%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 and Under
Site Rating8 (on a scale of 1-10)

The funny thing is that Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are the same grape, though I have had a Pinot Gris that came to be itself from a different Pinot, rather than directly from Pinot Noir.

First, this wine is very aromatic, unfortunately, I have not studied botany enough, nor been sniffing enough flowers to tell you the difference in scents between honeysuckle, violets, roses, etc.

Second, the taste sits somewhere between some of the best Pinot Gris that I have had, that don't have pear inclinations in their flavor, and the traditional Italian Pinot Grigio. In fact, the name was merely changed to Pinot Grigio to cater to the American wine market (and if you know, the American wine market is vastly uneducated when it comes to wine).

This wine does have a stronger alcoholic content, and you can easily taste it through both the weight and texture, as well as feel it after a nice full glass.

While this doesn't rank up there with all of my favorite Pinot Gris wines, it is something that can win you over with the right pairing of food.


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