Benessere 2013 Pinot Grigio

Napa Valley, CA; 14.2% ABV
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 22 July.  Also seen at Berkeley 23 July.

Benessere_2013_PinotGrigioAlthough I didn’t like the 2010 Sangiovese from Benessere, I did quite like their 2011 Black Glass Vineyard Zinfandel (note that the 2009 BGV Zin is around these days; haven’t tried it), so I had been intrigued by this Pinot Grigio for a while before finally buying and opening one last night.  If you like ripe, full-flavored whites, this one is delicious!

A lot of what I like about this wine is that, in contrast to a lot of generic Pinot Grigio, it really tastes like Pinot Grigio: yellow pear, straw / chrysanthemum tea, lemon with a hint of green lime, and (the non-spicy flavor of) ground ginger, balanced with decent acid.  While not obviously off-dry, it’s certainly not extra dry, either.  If you’re looking for a more restrained and austere white, or I guess if you’re a devoted red drinker, this is not for you.  But otherwise, I have trouble imagining anyone not liking this.

The last bit in the bottle (pictured) was still quite good the next day.


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