Wine #3 in the Whole Foods Top Ten Summer Wine List - the 2008 Pisato Pinot Grigio.
Doug Bell and crew over at Whole Foods first introduced me to Pisato wines last year in the Whole Foods Top Ten Holiday Wine List and I remember being really impressed. A bit lacking on the finish, but overall good balanced effort for $15.
The Pinot Grigio on the Summer list is also a nice offering from Pisato and, if I had to pick, would be my pick of the two. There's a very interesting nose on this wine - definite citrus base, but with some apple pie, grass and dirt. Shifts a bit on the palate to be more about the apple pie filling, with some orange and lemon zest, cranberry and watermelon notes.
I can't say that this is my favorite Pinot Grigio ever, but it's really quite nice and interesting enough that it could spark up a summer afternoon conversation about wine, which I'm rarely one to avoid as long as I'm with the right people and the barbecue is going.
What Whole Foods has to say about the wine: Made with Organically Grown Grapes. Ninety-year-old vines in Italy's Veneto region bear the fruit to make this balanced White, with lemon zest and green melon notes and a touch of minerality. Poultry, fish or SarVecchio cheese are the perfect pairings for its floral aroma.
What you should do: Buy it! This is a great Pinot Grigio for the price. Well worth trying this producer.
My rating: 88
2007 Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Franc Stepping Stone
Interesting nose on this wine - cherry, non-ripe plum (still hanging on the tree), pine needles and lavender soap. Mostly the same fruit on the palate, with just a touch of cedar. For $30, this is a nice Cab Franc, but I don't think I'd pay much more. My rating: 89
2007 Six Prong Chardonnay
It's very interesting to me that I am the first one to review this wine, as I received it in a samples pack - surely if I received it, others have as well. In any case, here we go - first review on GrapeStories... The nose is all wood, all oak, all toast and that's really chilled. I imagine as it starts to warm up, the oak will continue to come out more. The fruit is very subdued, or, better said, it's buried by the oak notes. On the palate, it's even worse...I don't think I've ever tasted a white wine with this much oak on it. I can't even taste the fruit on it. Not my style white. If you really, really, really like oak, this one is for you and you can probably find it for under $10. My rating: 80
2008 Mason Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Pomelo
I am completely neutral on this wine. Been intrigued with it ever since it was sent to me, mostly I think because of the label, but it doesn't do much for me. It's decent enough, with all the lemon, grapefruit and grass that I've come to expect from Sauvignon Blanc, but it's very plain. Even served very cold, I think it lacks dimension and complexity. For my tasted, I'll stick with the New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs when the summer heat kicks in (which could be a while in Seattle). My rating: 86
NOTE: all three of these wines were sent to me as free samples. All tasting notes originally published on GrapeStories.