Gnarly Head Pinot Grigio 2012

According to the Wine Institute and store shelves where I shop for wines, the popularity of Pinot Grigio has risen in recent years.  In an online article the Wine Institute states, “The acreage in California was reported at 2,692 in the year 2000 and has more than quadrupled in less than a decade to 12,907 acres in 2010 according to the most recent California Grape Acreage Report.”  Well, the folks at Gnarly Head are doing their part.  And doing it pretty well, too, I’d say.

Vineyard:  Gnarly Head
Varietal:  Pinot Grigio
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  California
Price:  $13.99

Notes:  In the glass this wine was a very pale yellow.  The bouquet was so light I just barely caught fleeting whiffs of pear, apple and citrus.  The flavors, on the other hand, were present on the palate – including apple, pear and nectarine with touches of lemon, some honeysuckle notes, and grass on the end.  The finish is quite long: as the grass abates, citrus lingers.  As expected of a Pinot Grigio, the wine was fairly light-bodied but had a detectable viscosity.  Acidity was fine, and alcohol is at 13%.  This offering from Gnarly Head should pair nicely with most seafood dishes.

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

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