Santa Cristina 2014 Pinot Grigio

February 12, 2016 § Leave a comment

Santa Cristina Pinot GrigioThere was a time when I craved Pinot Grigio. I loved it citrus, mineral flavouring and the freshness with which it greeted my palate. Then came along a tsunami of Pinot Grigio’s trying capitalize on the grapes global popularity and I quickly lost interest.

A couple of week’s ago I was tasting a number of wines to pair with the cheeses that we have in the fridge. I tasted the next glass and recognized it as a classic Pinot Grigio and wouldn’t you know it, it comes from Italy.

The Santa Cristina Pinot Grigio is a true delight that over delivers for the price.

Price ~ $14.99

Score ~ 7.2/10 Over Delivers

Aromas of citrus, melon and ripe pear that are matched on the palate with some lovely minerality near and through the finish.

Chill this wine, but if it comes out of the fridge with some condensation, let if warm up a bit for best results.

I had this with some Gouda, Swiss, Parmesan and Saint André (it was on sale), and the Santa Cristina worked beautifully with the Saint André as well as the Parmesan (I’m sure there is no surprise there). I also had it with some Mac N’ Cheese, and then some chicken wings and it over delivered on both occasions.

Grapes ~ Pinot Grigio

Store Section ~ Italy

Availability ~ Both public and private stores

Cheers

the Dork UnCorked

 

Picks of The Week Jan. 26-31, 2015

January 31, 2015 § Leave a comment

Here we go, the top 3 scoring wines of the week, and what a week it was. Glorious weather and a lot of fun seeing how the wines fared with the meals of the week. To be clear there was no attempt to pair the wines with the meals as the meals were just the usual fare.

You can click on the link and go directly to the full review. In this post, under each of the top scorers I have included an excerpt from the review.

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Top Scorer: Artesa 2010 Rioja CrianzaIMG_0724

Price: $14.99

Score: 9.1 Best Buy

Excerpt: “I’m not sure if there is a better value in the Spanish section. Sadly this wine only seems to be available in a very few stores. I would easily put down the Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza at $19.99 for the Artesa. As for trade ups I would happily move up from entry level $12-$14 California Cabernets and Merlots for this wine. Caveat: If you are looking for a big powerful fruit explosion, this is not your wine.”

#2 Rosso del Gello 2009IMG_0718

Price: $15.99

Score: 8.9 Over Delivers

Excerpt: “If you are a fan of Chianti Classico or Sangiovese based wines in general, this is a keeper. I have chosen this over straight up Chianti at $16/$17 many times. I have even put down some Chianti Classico at $20 for this wine as it is in limited supply and really, really enjoyable. The depth and character of this wine is a good starting point for anyone looking to dip their toe into the pool of European wines. It’s just a small step from $13-$17 California or Aussie wines into this wine and the enjoyment is truly there.”

#3 Montalto Pinot GrigioMontalto PG 2

Price: $11.49

Score: 8.6 Over Delivers

Excerpt: “There are thousands of Pinot Grigio’s in stores these days. After tasting many they divide themselves into two groups- Marketing & Classic. The ones in the marketing group are those trying to take advantage of the popularity of the name Pinot Grigio. Those in the classic range are those that share classic Pinot Grigio aromas and flavours. The Montalto Pinot Grigio falls into the Classic group and certainly Over Delivers for the price.”

I would to hear your comments, especially if you have found one the reviewed wines at a store that I have not listed. If you let m know I will update the post and will forever be in your debt. Otherwise let me know what you think… feedback no matter the nature is makes the blog better.

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The Dork UnCorked

Picks of the Week… So Far

January 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

Something new!

Each week I will post the Top 3 Scoring Wines of the week, that way you can plan your weekend shopping and get the most out of your wine weekend.

Given that this is the first time that I have done this I have expanded the pool to the last 2 weeks. Seems only fair.

Did you know that the Bold black non-Italicized text is a link to the original review? Go ahead, click the link and enjoy the ride.

1. Santa Rita Winemaker’s Lot Carmenere-Cabernet Franc-Cabernet SauvignonIMG_0691

Price – $13.99

Rating – Over Delivers

Score – 8.7

2. Vina Maipo Carmenere-Cabernet Sauvignon

Price – $10.99

Rating – Over Delivers

Score – 8.7

3. Cono Sur Organic Carmenere-Cabernet Sauvignon

Price – $14.99

Rating – Over Delivers

Score – 8.5

Honourable Mention – Painted Wolf ‘The Den’ Chenin Blanc

Price – $14.99

Rating – Over Delivers

Score – 8.4

Have a great weekend and look to see a fresh reviews starting again tomorrow.

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The Dork UnCorked

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