Saturday, September 26, 2009
Pinot Grigio - Bohemian Highway
But, since I enjoyed the Chardonnay from Bohemian Highway so much, I thought I'd give their other white wine a shot. After all, it only required a $5.99 investment and their winemaker's notes were appealing: it's "pleasing" and "fruit-forward" with honeydew, apricot and pear flavors. And let's not forget the crisp grapefruit and light floral aromas to round out the refreshing finish. Trust me, I wanted to like this wine, I wanted to enjoy it on this late summer afternoon.
Well, I'm no winemaker, but here are my notes on this very disappointing 2007 Pinot Grigio. Beautiful pale, colorless wine pours well into a glass. That's where my compliments stop. There is barely an aroma to take in, but the fragrance that hit me first was pure-grain alcohol, followed by a light slap of turpentine. Whew... made my eyes water. But, I trudged on, determined to get a true sense of this new wine.
One sip later, still not impressed. The taste was as colorless as the wine itself. I took another sip, swirled it over and around all my tastebuds, hoping to catch some redeeming sensory experience. Inhaled deeply, trying to will grapefruit and honeydew aromas into my nostrils. No. Didn't happen. So in desperation I turned to my husband. (That probably sounds worse than I wanted it to sound - but you know what I mean...) "Try this" I said lightly, an encouraging smile upon my face. "Tell me what you think."
"Igh. Smells like alcohol." One sip later the glass was returned to my hand, no further commentary was required.
My recommendation - save your $5.99 for the Bohemian Highway Chardonnay. Leave the Pinot Grigio on the shelf.