Wednesday, August 25, 2010

VINTJS Pinot Gris 2009 Willamette Valley

The last VINTJS wine I had was pretty clunky Chardonnay. Shocking--it was from California. In the end, I guess it was okay, and you get what you pay for. I basically have written off a lot of Trader Joes wines at this point, especially their private label stuff. Fine for sangria or chugging, but generally, it leaves something to be desired, in particular at the super low-end. Sure, there's palatable stuff there, but it's not really interesting. Maybe that's why the majority of people that end up on this site are looking at stuff pertaining to TJ's wine? I don't know; I think it's funny that you would spend the time to research some 4$ bottle of plonk from a random source. It's probably cheaper to just buy a bottle and try it out. At the very least, you end up drunk. Anyways, the only reason that I picked this up is that Pinot Gris from Oregon can be really good, and this is a departure from TJ's. I'm used to seeing California wines in these labels, or something from Australia. I don't think I've ever seen anything from Oregon before. 5.99$, and comes with a screw-cap. Says on the back of the label that the vintner is Wine By Joe, a rather inauspicious name if there ever was one. This is typical Pinot Gris from Oregon, and is quite good, especially for the price. Do I prefer the wine from Willamette Valley Vintners that you can get for 12$ at Costco (been available on a regular basis for at least six months and we've had at least 6 bottles of it) to this wine? Yes, but this wine is half the price, and delivers just about the same amount of pleasure. Very floral on the nose, with lots of orange and stone notes. Eventually, the wine develops more green apple/pear aromas. Lots of acidity and a persistent stoney grapefruit finish round this wine out. This doesn't have the richness of some barrel-aged Pinot Gris that would be more along the lines of Alsatian wines. Went very well with squid and also didn't get completely destroyed by heirloom tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella. Worth checking out, especially at the price. B+/A- 

2 comments:

CabFrancoPhile said...

Any idea who the vintner of record is on the back label of this? Sometimes this is a good way to find the original source of the fruit. A lot of the Napa bottlings can be traced to St. Supery, while Paso ones tend to come from Ancient Peaks. At least as far as bottling the finished wine for TJs.

Jeff said...

Yes. It actually says it's http://www.winebyjoe.com/.

I should have mentioned that in the post.