December 22Tenuta Villanova Pinot Grigio 2006
Eesh, we were in much debate about this wine, mostly because of personal preference. I didn’t care for it much, but the girls liked it well enough. I’m actually a pretty big fan of Pinot Grigios from Italy, and have even had some inexpensive ones from Trader Joe’s that I liked quite well. But this one was just too narrow and way too much butter! As soon as I saw it I knew it was going to be fairly week – for my preference, as it was very pale straw in color. The aroma, which was the best part of this wine, smelled of weeds (like a grassy field with a big mix of weeds, many with flowers, etc.), citrus rind bell pepper, thyme, olive, hint of butter. Now, with that nose I was intrigued and though, OK, so it might be better than the color suggests, but… it tasted immediately of green olive, butter, the white part of a lemon peel (I actually confirmed this on the spot by taking a little bite of that and it fit exactly), and the rest white grape juice. The warmer the wine got, the more the butter came out too, to the point of me making a face and going “yuck!”, so definitely drink this chilled and keep it that way. Mouth-feel was interesting, in that with the buttery aspect it coated your tongue a lot, but at the same time, was pretty acidic. This would probably be pretty good paired with Fettuccini Alfredo with mushrooms and lemon herb chicken. It also gave me the impression that it was very high in alcohol. After I swallowed (yep, not much of a spitter if I don’t have to) I could feel the alcohol evaporating up my throat. It was more like the feel of drinking Sake. What’s left in your mouth in the finish is butter with alcohol vapor. It sounds worse than it is in reality, but that’s the only way I can describe it. I would pass on this at any price, but especially at $14… you can get better at Trader Joe’s for around $6.
Rating: 85 (This is a compromise with the girls)
Price: $14 (All Star Wine & Spirits)