White Truck Pinot Grigio

Name: White Truck
Type: White
Grape: Pinot Grigio
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2005
Producer: Cline Cellars
Price: $9.99

I saw this bottle with an old, broken down white truck on the bottle. The label art looks like someone’s kid did it in Photoshop. It’s one of the cheesiest labels I’ve seen so of course I snapped it up immediately. It’s actually produced by Cline, which is a respectable name in California wines but I’ve previously only had their red wines. It’s actually a decent Pinot Grigio. It has clean and potent aroma of fruit and honey with a crisp flavor and a bit of acidity on the finish. The only drawback is a bit of what I call “cheap wine aftertaste.” I can’t describe it better than that, you’ll have to take a crack yourself.

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Vampire Pinot Grigio

Name: Vampire Pinot Grigio
Type: White
Grape: Pinot Grigio
Origin: Romania
Year: 2004
Producer: Vampire
Price: $9.99

I saw a couple Halloween themed bottles on the shelf at a state liquor store in New Hampshire so I grabbed them immediately. This is a Pinot Grigio from Romania, you heard me, Romania. It says “a Transylvania import” right on the label. Since it’s October I thought a review of those two bottles was in order. The tag line on the back of the bottle is “sip the blood of the vine,” and it has a poem by Lord Byron talking about vampires. All of which I also think is pretty cool. The aroma is apples and pears with a faint hint of basil or some other common herb that I can’t put my finger on. The flavor is fairly dry and has some nice citrus fruit. The flavor matures with some acidity that puts a nice little punch on the end. I thought a wine from Romania wouldn’t have a chance in the quality department but this is surprisingly decent.

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Beringer Premier Vineyard Selection

Name: Beringer Premier Vineyard Selection
Type: White
Grape: Pinot Grigio
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2004
Producer: Beringer Vineyards
Price: $5.99

Very light in color, like one of those low carb beers. Smells mildly of melons and has a very straightforward flavor. It’s mildly sweet and has some acidity at the back and on the finish. Like most Pinot Grigios in my experience, it doesn’t taste like much.

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Kris Pinot Grigio

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Name: Kris
Type: White
Grape: Pinot Grigio
Origin: Italy
Year: 2004
Producer: Franz Haas
Price: $13.99

Smells of sweet citrus fruit and maybe papaya. Smooth and refreshing flavor with some acidity on the finish. This is one of the nicest Pinot Grigios I’ve had and it certainly has more character than most you’ll taste. It’s also the most I’ve ever paid for a Pinot Grigio because of those other factors but it’s well worth it. It’s a definite Cheap Thrill.

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Salvalai Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie

Name: Salvalai Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie
Type: White
Grape: Pinot Grigio
Origin: Italy
Year: 2004
Producer: Salvalai
Price: $7.99

In a blind taste test, this is a wine no one would mistake for being red. Smells like tart, not-quite-ripe fruit. The flavor is much gentler than the aroma, tasting a bit thin at first but then you get a quick jolt of tartness on the end that hits you right in the jaw. The finish is longish, especially for a Pinot Grigio. All in all, pretty decent.

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