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Pinot Gris

New Zealand, Pinot Gris, villa Maria, East Coast, Private Bin, 2015

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N/ Green apples, steamed hay, sun bleached river rocks, beach sand, fresh rain, wet cement. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Tart honeysuckle and crisp apple flavors dominate but light citrus, pear, and gooseberry flavors do play. Quite an unexpected complexity in the fruit profile compared with typical pinot gris. Soft mineral notes and another bite […]

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Winery & Vineyard Visits / Winemaker Focus / Cornerstone Cellars / Jeff Keene / Napa Valley, California & Oregon

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I had the privilege of sitting with winemaker Jeff Keene for an extended tasting of Cornerstone wines. The offerings were delicious, impressive, and showed a broad range of styles. The wine also importantly showed restraint in all the right places. Jeff was 100% delightful and explained his winemaking philosophy beautifully. Passion is an over-used word in the […]

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USA, Pinot Gris, Lakewood Vineyards, Gigliotti Vineyards, Watkins Glen, Finger Lakes, New York, 2012

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N/ Grapefruit, peaches, and red apple skins dazzle. Slightly sugared spring water. Touch of burlap. River rocks. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Ripe citrus, peaches, crisp crabapples, and apricot explode. While her acid presence is slightly lower than I’d like, the wine still balances deftly. Massive fruits still come off clean and mouthwatering. Wow, this is one […]

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New Zealand, Pinot Gris, Mt. Beautiful, North Canterbury, 2011

N/ Extremely clean, sunbleached rocks, freshly harvested yellow grasses, and slightly chlorinated spring water. This smells like I would imagine a dry rocky riverbed would right after a fresh rain. Delightful. T/ She starts very clean, with a nice mineral presence right out of the gate. Angular yellow fruits, citrus zest, and yellow grass flavors […]

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USA, Pinot Gris, Erath, Oregon, 2011

N/ Crisp springwater, fresh hay, lime zest, river rocks, a hint of honeysuckle and toast points, pinches of salt and burlap. T/ Light mouthfeel. First impressions are of a dilute dirty martini, but with more fruit, roundness, and depth. One tastes nice, salted fruits of the clean yellow tropical variety, with some honeysuckle juice steeped with burlap. This is […]

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USA, White Blend, Jade Mountain, “White Wine Blend”, California, 2009

White blend of: Chardonnay, Marsanne, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Malvasia Bianca, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. N/ I did not look up the composition of this wine until after I rated it, but, to me, I thought was predominately Chardonnay, then Viognier, then Riesling. Did not guess any Sauvignon Blanc. A clear, buttered up California-style Chard crafting comes through, […]

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Australia, Pinot Gris, Innocent Bystander, Victoria, Yarra Valley, 2009

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N/ Honeysuckle, crisp hay, crushed river stones, light confectionery with some rounded woods. Touch of pear on the ending. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel.  Very pleasant acid kick which rushes you into to restrained, but ripe, tropical fruits. Her crisp minerality is nicely balanced with a mouth-watering acidity. Even better when served colder than normal […]

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