Upside 2014 “Free Rein” white blend

50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Gris according to the producer web site; 14.1% ABV
Central Coast, CA
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 2 June

Upside_2014_FreeReinWhiteI bought this wine because I liked the label, period.  The back label says nothing about the wine.  It’s not something that excited me very much, but it’s tasty enough for the price.

The wine tastes of very ripe Chardonnay: yellow apple and tropical fruit (pineapple, golden kiwi, maybe mango) that that is a little overripe or bruised.  If a little stronger, this “bruised” character, which seems close to the oak, would be offensive, but here it’s not too bad.  Balancing the ripe fruit is the pear, dry straw and lime / lemon acid of Pinot Gris that is thankfully a good bit less ripe than the Chardonnay.  It’s not the most elegant, but it’s full-flavored and quite agreeable with lobster raviolis from the GO.

The next day, the rest in the bottle tastes similarly, but is more smooth and integrated; still at least as tasty as it was the first day.

4 thoughts on “Upside 2014 “Free Rein” white blend

    1. Seedboy

      When I’ve bought them I’ve made a simple sauce of butter and white wine, add some minced parsley

    2. BargainWhine Post author

      I think it was a pretty hasty dinner, so I think I just put some Cullen Creek olive oil on them. 🙂


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