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St. Clair Winery

St. Clair Winery
2018 Pinot Grigio, New Mexico

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11% RS: <1%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$15
Best Buy

St. Clair Winery
2018 Pinot Grigio, New Mexico

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11% RS: <1%
Gold color. Aromas of apple bread pudding, broiled citrus, and honeysuckle with a velvety, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length baked peach finish with no oak flavor. A rich Pinot Grigio with notes of roasted fruit; could be an interesting stand-in for Viognier at the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: apple bread pudding, broiled citrus, and honeysuckle
Taste Flavor: baked peach
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich Pinot Grigio with notes of roasted fruit; could be an interesting stand-in for Viognier at the table.

The Producer

Lescombes Family Vineyards

The Producer
1325 de Baca Rd SE
Deming, NM 88030
USA
1 505-546-9324

Their Portfolio

90 Aldi NV Orange Mimosa, American 8% (USA) $9.99.
87 Aldi NV Pineapple Mimosa, American 8% (USA) $9.99.
85 Blue Teal NV Rio Rojo, New Mexico 12% (USA) $10.00.
86 Blue Teal NV Riesling, New Mexico 11% (USA) $10.00.
BR Blue Teal NV Red Moscato, New Mexico 11% (USA) $8.00. - Bronze Medal
BR DH Lescombes 2018 Heritage Series, Pinot Noir, New Mexico 12.5% (USA) $20.00. - Bronze Medal
87 DH Lescombes 2018 Heritage Series, Pinot Gris, New Mexico 12% (USA) $15.00.
90 DH Lescombes NV Ratafia, New Mexico 13% (USA) $28.00.
85 DH Lescombes 2018 Signature Series 631 Canyon Five, New Mexico 12% (USA) $15.00.
BR DH Lescombes 2015 Limited Release, Cabernet Franc, New Mexico 15% (USA) $36.00. - Bronze Medal
85 DH Lescombes 2019 Heritage Series Rosé, New Mexico 12% (USA) $15.00.
85 DH Lescombes 2018 631, Chenin Blanc, New Mexico 12% (USA) $15.00.
BR DH Lescombes 2018 631 Cab-Sangio, New Mexico 13% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
BR St. Clair Winery NV Special Reserve Imperial Kir, New Mexico 11.5% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
87 St. Clair Winery 2018 Pinot Grigio, New Mexico 11% (USA) $15.00.
88 St. Clair Winery NV Port, New Mexico 19% (USA) $28.00.
90 St. Clair Winery NV Special Reserve Kiva, New Mexico 19% (USA) $28.00.
BR St. Clair Winery 2018 Mimbres Pink, New Mexico 11% (USA) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
BR St. Clair Winery 2018 Mimbres White, New Mexico 11% (USA) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
89 St. Clair Winery 2018 Malvasia Bianca, New Mexico 11% (USA) $14.00.
88 St. Clair Winery 2017 Nativo, New Mexico 11% (USA) $15.00.
86 St. Clair Winery 2019 Mimbres Red, New Mexico 11% (USA) $12.00.
88 St. Clair Winery 2018 Bellissimo Sparkling Sweet Wine, New Mexico 12% (USA) $15.00.
87 St. Clair Winery 2018 Chardonnay, New Mexico 12.5% (USA) $14.00.
BR St. Clair Winery 2017 Special Reserve, Chenin Blanc, New Mexico 12% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
88 St. Clair Winery 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, New Mexico 14% (USA) $15.00.
BR St. Clair Winery 2018 Cab-Zin, New Mexico 13% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal

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.