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Today we are going to review a pinot gris wine – that soft, citrusy and aromatic wine, that is rising in popularity all over the world. The origin of pinot gris is Alsace, today however it is increasingly planted in less classic wine regions, from Mendoza to Marlborough, but, the most famous styles of pinot gris wine comes from Italy and France. In Alsace, the wine is historically labelled ‘pinot gris’ and is produced in a fruity, usually fleshy and unctuous style, with faint honey notes, while in Italy, the wine is labelled as ‘pinot grigio’ and is vinified as a totally dry wine, with overwhelming minerality and brilliant acidity, with notes of bitter almond in the background. Without further ado we present you the wine we’ve selected for the review today – Pinot Grigio de Purcari 2015 from Purcari.
Take a look at the tasting notes bellow and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Straw yellow color with nuanced lemon hues towards the rim.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with floral flavours and sweet fruit: yellow apple, yellow pear, straw grass, lemon, acacia blossom, yellow apricot, zucchini flower, apple blossom, snowdrops, vanilla cream, butter, green melon and some nuanced hints of lemon candy.
The wine is medium-dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and smooth tannin. It tastes creamy, floral and mineral, with a nuanced citrusy profile. This is a mix between French and Italian styles of pinot gris wine – lean, off-dry and silky, with strong minerality. The wine has a fair overall balance, as it is fruity, citrusy and floral at the same time, which is nice.
It has a medium finish and a balanced, crisp and creamy aftertaste.
This is definitely a great Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.2 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.
Conclusion: this is a wine in its peak form, ready to drink now, and not worth ageing, as in our opinion, it is better to drink the wine a year too soon than a day too late. To be honest, this wine is surprisingly good – silky, round and fresh and it pairs well with ricotta stuffed zucchini flowers or in coupé with some blue cheese, walnut and pear salad with maple syrup – as the latter one is an epic pairing indeed. Last but not least, we would like to mention that this wine has been awarded a bronze medal by Decanter World Wine Awards, which is a very nice achievement if you ask us.
WineStatistics tasting results:
Pinot Grigio de Purcari | 2015
grape: | pinot gris |
overall rating: | 90.2 |
conclusion: great | a must try
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