Saturday, January 01, 2005

3 Pinot Grigio/Gris: Argentina, Italy, Canada

BODEGAS ESMERALDA ARGENTO PINOT GRIGIO 2004, Argentina, Argentina, 13.0%, #620492, $9.95

My notes: Bright, light straw colour; perceptible apple and citrus bouquet with a hint of pineapple - carries through to the taste. Medium to light bodied with crisp acid but with a smooth texture. Excellent with stuffed salmon or curried mussels, other seafood dishes. Pleasing aftertaste. A great value. A 'drink now'. This is a General listing.

SANTA MARGHERITA PINOT GRIGIO 2003, Alto Adige, Italy, 12.0%, #106450, $15.95

My notes: Pale straw with aromas of citrus, melon and apple. Dry, soft, balanced, pleasing with medium, refreshingly crisp finish, a slight crispness is the difference between this and above plus the $6. A 'drink now'. Vintages release October 9, 2004.

MALIVOIRE PINOT GRIS 2002, Niagara, Canada, 12.0%, #581305, $18.00

My notes: Mine was cellared for 12 months. The colour is a vibrant straw with a peach hue. Dry, round and lively, pear, citrus and honey on the palate. Should be great between seafood courses of spicy mussels, roasted scallops, etc. Full-bodied with a short but pleasant finish. None left in Ontario but look for the next release..... for sure.. LCBO or the Niagara vineyard. May be stalky at first but becomes more 'complex' with ageing. Vintages release July 26, 2003

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