Malivoire have redone their label. Gone is the lady bug. Sigh … Dinner was a Chorizo sausage with a vegetable stir fry. A perfect companion for a white. So I dove into this one. The color is pale straw. The bouquet is a light citrus aroma. The wine has a nice refreshing taste to it, but not a lot going on. The wine is thin in flavor and light on finish. I always look for those peach flavors when I want a varietal Pinot Gris (I admit to being hung up on varietal flavors). This one did not have them at all. I could close my eyes and imagine this to be more of a sauv blanc. The wine is smooth and easy drinking. No harsh alcohol flavors, no bitterness, and is reasonably well made. This wine is by no means terrible, just not a lot going on. If your looking for a light summer sipper for the patio this one will fit the bill. This would be perfect to serve someone who doesn’t generally like wine. Personally I prefer a more complex longer wine. I would give it an 87-88.
Malivoire Pinot Gris 2008 VQA Niagara Escarpment. 12.5% alcohol This flavourful and aroma-laden organic Gris delivers very good value. The perfumed nose offers up spice lychee and Muscat-like aromas while the palate is drenched with flavours of ripe yellow peach succulent apricot and an explosion of lemony citrus. Medium bodied and generously textured it finishes dry refreshing and mouth-watering delicious. Pair with pan-seared scallops over arugula lightly sprinkled with verjus. (VH) (591305) $18.95 Featured 5/23/2009. 4.5/5 stars