2009 Swanson Pinot Grigio

Year: 2009
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Connoisseurs' Guide: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 86
White Wine
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"It may carry the name "Grigio" but this attractive bottling comes closer to Alsace than it does to Italy. It is oriented to green peach and has a nice bit of richness in its rounded palatal impressions. Close to full-bodied and decently balanced, this wine will make a fine aperitif quaff yet can also hold its own nicely with grilled teriyaki salmon or chicken. Reviewed: January 2011" (CG)

"Made in a sweeter, more candied style, with lemon, pineapple and vanilla flavors, although crisp acidity provides much needed and drying balance. But it’s still a fairly simple sipper." (WE)

Winery Notes:
The days when Napa Valley Pinot Grigio sat dutifully at the children's table, as the overblown Chardonnays of the world played with the big boys, have come to an end. Intuition and love of the grape prompted Clarke Swanson to plant this much-maligned grape on his Oakville estate some 20 years ago. The result, year after year, is a stunner: vibrant aromas, flavors of ripe peach and pear, and a clean goodbye kiss will leave you feeling strangely tingly, giggly even—and possessed by the perfectly outrageous notion of pairing it with caviar and potato chips (as we do in the Salon), the centerpiece of a picnic in bed or a sunny afternoon doing nothing at all. Wanna know what a Pinot Grigio grape tastes like on the vine? Buy a case and find out; this grape loses nothing in translation.