A great Pinot Grigio, which is not your average Yellowtail

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Brand NameYellowtail
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Wine NamePinot Grigio
Vintage (Year)2006
AVAMurray River Basin
Wine ClassWhite
Wine TypePinot Gris/Grigio
Wine GroupsGorgeous Blancs
Alcohol %13%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 - $20
Site Rating9 (on a scale of 1-10)

I tend to stay away from Yellowtail wines, just as I tend to stay away from things that everyone else flocks too. In most cases, it's too good to be true, and on the other hand, I am a lion and not a sheep -- translated, I am not a follower.

I first came across the reserve line of Yellowtail wines while at the Pacific Rim Wine Tasting, which was held in Philadelphia in 2007. One of the reps that I knew was giving samples of Yellowtail, which I refused to try, so she offered me some of their reserve Chardonnay, which I can say is wonderful. Upon that, I decided to try the reserve Pinot Grigio when I say it one day in the store.

From the first sip, I was not impressed, and I needed for the bottle to sit for a day or three, before trying it again.

I can tell you that the wait was worth it. The flavors in this bottle are of apple, pear, and I would even say some lemon (though the bottle claims that it's just acidity. I think that as they produce more of this wine, it will get better and better, and won't need to be aired as much from the start.

If I were you, I'd pick up a split case of the reserve Pinot Grigio and the Chardonnay, and take on the spring, while waiting for the summer.


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