Tolosa Winery2005 Pinot Gris, Edna Ranch Vineyard
A relatively new variety to Edna Valley, there have been too few examples to really determine Pinot Gris’ characteristics from this appellation. However, winemaker Larry Brooks says he believes this wine speaks to this cool climate region: “It was made from first rate clones grown at low crop levels in a good spot. The wine is made with a pretty light touch so the fruit character abides the terroir allowing it to show through.”
This wonderful white wine is the perfect warm weather refresher or aperitif. Expressively fruity, yet retaining elegance at the same time, it fills your mouth with flavors of just ripened melon and tangy green apple highlighted with floral and citrus notes of lemon and lime. It shouldn’t be served too cold, which would obscure the delicate floral and spice qualities.
Tolosa recommends pairing this wine with Thai curries. Of course, it would complement most Asian foods or most anything based on fowl or fish. Only $16 retail – a great buy for this delightful quaffer.
Reviewed August 11, 2006 by Kathy Marcks-Hardesty.
Kathy Marcks Hardesty is the former Tasting Coordinator for Wine Spectator magazine. She prefers wines that exhibit classic varietal characteristics, regional identity, and the depth and balance to make a good meal great. She’s just as enthusiastic about sharing news of those rare, value-priced wines of good quality. Despite her past association with wine critics, she doesn’t assign numbers to wines, save in her memory (old habits die hard). She prefers writing descriptive reviews that whet the palate and leaves the final score to her readers.