On Wine: Pinot Gris Reserve Willm 2013

Let’s start this Monday off right… with wine.

Starting a new wine series titled “One Wine”- A series of short write ups on the latest open bottle in the apartment and various top finds!  Here is this week’s edition of “On Wine”, hot off the presses…

We’ve all had a cheap Pinot Grigio. It’s light, crisp and generally refreshing but overall is pretty unexciting. There are some great examples out there but most of the bottles in the generic twenty-something’s price range will just be ok. On the other hand, there’s Pinot Gris. Same grape, but coming from the low yielding vineyards in Alsace. In general, Pinot Gris is a little more perfumed and much more complex than its Italian cousin. It’ll have some of the same citrus and steely notes that we know from Pinot Grigio but will go beyond the primary flavors.

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This one has a lovely floral nose with hints of pear and citrus. There’s little bit of a spicy, savory note that is reminiscent of sage and ginger as the wine develops in the glass.  It’s still plenty acidic but less biting with some honeysuckle and the barest hit of sweetness to balance it. To be clear, this is still a dry wine. There’s possibly a little residual sugar but not enough to make this off-dry. Overall it has good balance, great flavor development and definitely worth the $13.

This is super food friendly when not being enjoyed just as a summertime sipper. We had this with Poulet a l’Estragon but spicy Asian cuisine is also a great go to pairing. The slight amount of sweetness and acidity helps cut through the burning of really good Drunken Noodles.

-M

Enjoy your week, friends!

Always,

C

 

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