For some reason, it was a slow wine drinking week for me last week. I’m sure it had to do with my working late and my going out to celebrate the new job, but it just seemed like I didn’t get to taste as much as I had hoped. As I mentioned in Thursday’s post, I bought two wines to get me in the mood for Halloween—a 2006 Cardinal Zin and a 2008 Gnarly Head Pinot Grigio. While I was able to open the Zin early last week, the Pinot Grigio had to wait until Friday. The wine was definitely worth the wait, though.
The 2008 Gnarly Head Pinot Grigio (winery, snooth) had a nice, medium lemon color. On the nose there were pineapple, granny smith, pear, and honeydew aromas mixed with something floral and sweet. In the mouth, there were tart granny smith apple flavors mixed with the taste of ripe, juicy, sweet honeydew. There were also some nice stone fruit flavors—apricots and nectarines—with the slightest touch of ginger. The wine had great acidity, which gave it a clean, crisp, fresh feeling.
Is this worth a glass after work? It’s worth more than one! What are you waiting for? At $9, this wine is bright, fruity, and food-friendly. It’s easy to see this being good addition to a summer BBQ, although I enjoyed it with a grilled lemon-herb flounder and steamed broccoli on a perfect Fall day. The Gnarly Head Pinot Grigio also stands well on its own, so don’t wait until the summer to grab a bottle. The only thing that the wine didn’t work with was the Reese’s peanut butter cups that were left over from Halloween, but I wouldn’t have expected that to be a praiseworthy pairing.