PIERRE SPARR RÉSERVE PINOT GRIS 2011

Ok, I will admit up front, I’m not a bit Pinot Gris fan. I find them too bland. This one is slightly golden in color with a mild nose of peach. On the mid pallet the wine has some slightly sweet apricot, a little peach and some honeysuckle. On the medium length finish the wine has some acidity that sticks to the tongue a bit. I was impressed by this wine. It’s quite good for the money and a very good Pinot Gris. I would easily buy this one again. I would give it an 89 or so. We paired it with Shrimp/Scallop fettuccine Alfredo and I would have to say it did not go famously with the dish, but wasn’t awful either. Just not that perfect match made in heave. A crisper Sauv Blanc would have gone better IMHO. Given I don’t buy a lot of Pinot Gris I just didn’t get the pairing down right … sadly :(

From the LCBO web site:
PIERRE SPARR RÉSERVE PINOT GRIS 2011 VINTAGES 983395 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 14.95
Made in: Alsace, France By: Maison Pierre Sparr & Successeurs
Release Date: Jan 5, 2013
13.5% Alcohol/Vol. Sugar Content: 15 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: M – Medium

Tasting Note
Lovely, layered, dynamic Pinot Gris with fresh white peach, apricot, honeysuckle, lemon meringe and grapefruit zest aromas. Ripe and flavourful, with the measured sweetness on the palate nicely offset by bright acidity. Culminates in a cleansing, tangy finish that shows a pleasant touch of citrus-peel bitterness. Very smooth texture throughout. Enjoy it with chicken and noodles in a light Thai peanut sauce, or pan-seared scallops in garlic and butter. (VINTAGES panel, Nov. 2012)

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