Artisan Pinot Grigio 2012

I have to be honest: when I first started drinking wine, I didn’t particularly care for Pinot Grigio.  I think that may well have been because – as my wine-tasting palate was unaccustomed to finding the flavors in a wine – it was easier to detect the bigger, bolder, badder flavors in a Chardonnay, for example.  Now that I’ve had some years of sipping experience and exploration, I find myself enjoying many different varieties and styles of wine for what they bring to the table – whether a big mouthful of craziness or a more restrained expression of flavor.  Thus, I’ve made my peace with Pinot Grigio and the lighter whites.  In fact, I think I drink more PG than Chardonnay these days!

Oenophilogical_ArtisanPinotGrigio2012Winemaker:  Artisan
Varietal:  Pinot Grigio
Vintage: 2012
Appellation: California
Price: $ 12.99

Notes:  At 13.9% alcohol, this Artisan PG can truly be considered dry.  It was characteristically light-bodied with nice bright acidity and a lovely lemon yellow in the glass.  Flavors I detected were tart citrus, toasty oak and some hints of spice.  It was a simple wine but enjoyable.  I can imagine it would make a nice choice to accompany a light meal  – an entree salad?

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