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