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Cellar Four 79

Cellar Four 79
2016 Pinot Grigio, California

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: 1.2%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$8.99
Best Buy
'2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $10 and Under'

Cellar Four 79
2016 Pinot Grigio, California

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: 1.2%
Yellow straw color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of tropical fruit salad and peony with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a sleek, charming, medium-length finish conveying notes of apple and pear salad, white grape skin, almond skin, and delicate spice with soft, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A fruity, fleshy pinot grigio that is very approachable and tasty.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, New World & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: tropical fruit salad and peony
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of apple and pear salad, white grape skin, almond skin, and delicate spice
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now Enjoy with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Salad Sandwich, Sushi, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fruity, fleshy pinot grigio that is very approachable and tasty.

The Producer

Bronco Wine Company

The Producer
33 Harlow Court
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-346-6025

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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.