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2018 Pinot Grigio
Albini Vineyards, Sonoma (skin fermented)
More of a blood orange than an orange wine in the glass — but either way this is not what one expects when hearing the words ‘Pinot Grigio.’ Aromas are of red apple, pink roses, wild strawberries, bing cherries, a strong does of vanilla, and, yes, blood orange. The palate is full, round, soft, with just a kiss of texture. The dominant flavor, at the risk of repeating, is of blood orange. But there’s also red pear, a pink lemonade-like citrus, rose petal, lime leaf, and an aftertaste reminiscent of dried apple rings. There’s an absolute wildness to this wine: the wildness of the vine, the freshness of the harvest — it’s as if you’re snacking on the grapes straight from the bin as they travel from vineyard to winery and are slowly, gently warmed by the rising sun. ~Stacy Briscoe