Full Review

CK Mondavi

CK Mondavi
2016 Pinot Grigio, California

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.9% RS: .3%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$7
Best Buy

CK Mondavi
2016 Pinot Grigio, California

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.9% RS: .3%
Clear white gold color. Fruity, fresh, citrusy, candied, tropical aromas of tangerine, peach, mango, pink flowers, orange tic-tacs, and chalk with a silky, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a polished, engaging, medium-length lemon flesh, underripe pineapple, white flowers, and yogurt finish with no oak flavor. A fruity and tropical Pinot Grigio with layers of flavor for easy pairing.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: tangerine, peach, mango,, pink flowers, orange Tic-Tacs, and chalk
Taste Flavor: lemon flesh, underripe pineapple, white flowers, and yogurt
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Shrimp Salad, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fruity and tropical Pinot Grigio with layers of flavor for easy pairing.

The Producer

C. Mondavi Family Vineyards

The Producer
572 Gateway Drive
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-967-2200

Their Portfolio

88 CK Mondavi 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $7.00.
88 CK Mondavi 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.6% (USA) $7.00.
82 CK Mondavi 2015 Merlot, California 13.6% (USA) $7.00.
87 CK Mondavi 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $7.00.
89 CK Mondavi 2016 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $7.00.
86 CK Mondavi 2014 Scarlet Five Red Blend, California 13.6% (USA) $7.00.
84 CK Mondavi 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $7.00.
88 CK Mondavi 2015 Zinfandel, Lodi 13.9% (USA) $7.00.
84 CK Mondavi 2016 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $6.99.
83 CK Mondavi 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $6.99.
83 CK Mondavi 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $7.00.
86 CK Mondavi 2016 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $7.00.
85 CK Mondavi 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $7.00.
85 CK Mondavi 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $6.99.
83 CK Mondavi 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $6.99.
84 CK Mondavi 2017 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $6.99.
84 CK Mondavi 2016 Red Blend, California 13.6% (USA) $6.99.
85 CK Mondavi 2016 Merlot, California 13.6% (USA) $6.99.
85 CK Mondavi 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.6% (USA) $6.99.
84 CK Mondavi 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $6.99.
81 CK Mondavi 2017 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $6.99.
84 CK Mondavi 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $6.99.
88 CK Mondavi 2018 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $7.00.
85 CK Mondavi 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $7.00.
86 CK Mondavi 2018 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $7.00.
87 Flat Top Hills 2018 Rosé, California 13% (USA) $13.99.
85 Flat Top Hills 2018 Chardonnay, California 13.99% (USA) $13.50.
82 Flat Top Hills 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.5% (USA) $13.99.

Pinot Grigio

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Pinot Grigio – aka Pinot Gris – has become one of Italy’s most popular white wines in America. Popular to the point of Indian, Greek and even Spanish restaurants offering at least one version on their wine list.

Truth be told, while Pinot Grigio in Italy can be an excellent wine – though hardly great – the typical version has little to offer save for some faint aromas of apple, pear and dried flowers. As Pinot Grigio has become a commodity, there are now hundreds, perhaps thousands of producers across Italy (and even some in America) that produce a simple, uncomplicated version that has little complexity or weight on the palate- the ultimate summer sipper.

However, producers in cool climates such as Friuli, Alto Adige and Valle d’Aosta (where it is usually referred to as Pinot Gris) do make excellent version, generally from high elevation vineyards that have twenty or more years of age. These wines have plenty of spice as well as richness and offer impressive complexity. Pair these finer examples with vegetable or seafood risotto, lighter poultry or pork medallions.