Today I am trying a California Pinot Grigio, the 2005 TuTu, made by Jeff Smith of Hourglass (that has an amazing Cabernet Sauvignon!) I paid $13 for this bottle in Napa Valley, but you can find it at Winesearcher.com or Winezap.com from $9.99.
This Pinot Grigio is fermented in stainless steel tanks and has not gone through malolactic fermentation, to keep it dry and crisp.
At first I got some apple and fresh mint on the nose. After a couple of minutes this changed to soft tropical fruit with a hint of citrus. On the palate it has a little higher viscosity than I expected and a little thin in flavor, but nice acidity. As for the "dry and crisp", dry sure, but crisp (?), I did not find this characteristic in the wine.
I really wanted to like this wine and it started of really good, but then at the end of the palate it just fades away with no real finish to it.
So in short, I enjoyed this wine moderately and do not think I will by it again... On the other hand, I have not had to many California Pinot Grigio and am not quite sure what to expect...
If you've had a chance to try it, let me know what you think!
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