Region: Pfalz, Germany
Grapes involved: Pinot Gris
Food pairings: Lemme think. This would be epic with some seafood, especially oilier fishes. Like salmon baked with lemon and dill. Frankly, it’s awesome on its own, which is how I’ve been going about it.
The nose is bright citrus, a hint of sweet white floral (not all the way to jasmine – maybe paperwhite), and a touch of mineral. It’s very clean. I would like a perfume of it.
This wine. OMG. It’s tangerine right on the tip of the tongue, and it has a hit of really bright acidity right at the beginning. Then it sort of fades into this taste that I can best describe as being “wet rock” – minerals! – which is the main thing I sort of look for in Pinot Gris/Grigios and which has turned into one of my favorite tastes in white wine. It’s clean, somehow, and rocky, and honestly really awesome. Really rocky-tasting mineral water would be the best comparison.
So basically: tangerines and rocks. There’s a few grassy hints and whatnot to sort of round it out, but mostly tangerines and rocks.
Me likey. A lot.
At the moment, this is my new favorite Pinot Gris. It’s FANTASTIC. It’s so packed full of flavor that it makes most of the Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigios I’ve had taste frankly watery. Like, I didn’t know this grape could do this. Eat it, Santa Margarita.
<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 (yes, I was in fact motivated to put hearts here. Sorry. That’s honestly never happened before in six months of reviews. So… that should tell you something.)
Fun Note: this wine is imported (read: IMPORTED NOT MADE BY, since he apparently has vineyards of his own – I played around with research and am going on what I’ve managed to turn up. So if I’m wrong, holler and I will edit!) by a guy named Ernst Loosen, who apparently imports flipping awesome wine. So if you’re playing around in the Germany section of your local wine store, his name is apparently a good indicator of a good bottle.