Sunday, February 20, 2011
2010 South Coast Winery Sparkling Pinot Grigio
The nose is very interesting on this wine because it completely embodies what a crisp Italian Pinot Grigio might smell like. It's full of lemon-lime peel, grapefruit, apple, and pear aromas. There is also an underlining tone of mineral and wet stone.
On the palate this wine is fun, fruity, and has a touch of sweetness on the finish. I get lots of pear and apple flavors and a finish that reminds me of white table grapes. This to me is a "cocktail-style" wine that many wine novices would go goo-goo for, and could be extremely serviceable for a wedding or large dinner party. I really see it as a crowd pleaser.
On the back of the label it states that the wine is finished as a "Brut", but I would caution anyone purchasing this wine that it is not a dry wine. There's actually quite a bit of residual sugar and too me it actually seems quite sweet. It's a complete 180 to the dryness of a "Brut" Champagne from France. As I said before, the wine is fun and fruity and I don't necessarily think the winery intended it to be taken too seriously in the realm of "fine sparkling wine". 82 points
Here's a video from the wine maker:
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