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Pinot gris is a relative of pinot blanc and is also a clone or mutation of pinot noir. The "gris" in its name stands for grey in French and the "pinot" stands for pine cone for the shape of the grayish-blue clusters. There is a long history that dates back to the Middle Ages where it was spread to Switzerland from the Burgundy region. It was then brought to Hungary by Cistercian monks where it developed the name Szurkebarat, which means grey monk. Pinot gris is mild, fragrant and light citrus lemon flavored depending on how ripe the grapes are at harvest. Some Italian versions are drier as compared to other regions. The wine should be served chilled and pairs well with foods that have high acidity. Citrus fruits, light cheese, to tomato based recipes work well with this wine. Pinot grigio is the same as pinot gris. The French refer to it as pinot gris and the Italians refer to it as pinot grigio.
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The 2012 A to Z Pinot Gris has intense aromatics of lime blossom, nectarine, tangerine, melon, wet stone and guava that build into aromatics of nutmeg, Bing cherries and kiwi. The palate is concentrated, ripe and succulent with wonderful lush fruit and mineral notes. The concentration is framed by ripe acidity that gives lift to the wine as it moves to the mid-palate. The flavors on the mid-palate echo the aromas with a deeper not of honey. The wine moves seamlessly into a finish that goes on for some time before finishing crisply. The lasting impression of the wine is great purity and intensity balanced by wonderful juiciness and succulence.
89 Points - Wine & Spirits: "This classic gris leads with juicy green apple and orange zest flavors, accelerated by a full-bore complement of acidity. It's frisky and would pair nicely with hamachi crudo." The 2011 Acrobat Pinot Gris is pale straw in color with golden highlights. Aromas of grapefruit, honey suckle, lime zest and fenugreek. Flavors of honeydew, white grapefruit, fresh pear and golden delicious apple, with floral notes and spice. On the palate, it is viscous and crisp, with a hint of sweetness and good length. alcohol by volume: 12.5%
winemaker's notes: This Pinot Gris has an enticing bouquet of Fuji apple, ripe cantaloupe, and apricot. The crisp, clean mouthfeel is bursting with flavors of lemon and lime. A hint of kiwi and sweet orange blossom honey on the palate complements the fruit and acid. The lingering finish invites you to relax and enjoy another taste. In fact, it is the perfect sipper when entertaining with friends. This layered and well-balanced wine is a great accompaniment to a variety of foods, from Japan and Mexico, to India and China, all accented with a variety of spices.
91 Points - Wine & Spirits: "Generous at the onset, this wine has the scent of pear slices spritzed with lemon juice. Those fresh fruit flavors get a warm toasted lees accent on the palate, along with a mineral finish. A versatile gris for a meal, whether a grilled chicken or stuffed squid."
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