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Breggo Cellars Pinot Gris Anderson Valley Wiley Vineyard 2006

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VERY LIMITED SHIPPING AREA! Ships ONLY to addresses in CA, ID, IL, IA, MN, MO, NM and WV. Sorry! Call me for details - 866-746-7293. Tasting Notes: My reaction to this wine was immediate, and I only wish I could get more than the handful of cases Doug agreed to give us. It deliveres immediate pleasure, and was the favorite white wine among all of the tasting room guests during my recent tasting session with this Anderson Valley producer. Initial aromas give a hint of what's to come, showing pear, apple, citrus blossom, and fig, all resting atop an undercurrent of almond. The mouthfeel is crisp while remaining sufficiently full to avoid being quickly forgotten. Look for flavors of pear and citrus amidst the lingering finish. About the Grape - Pinot Gris My regular readers are likely familiar with the fact that the pinot noir grape is genetically unstable. It mutates as often as Bonds smacks homers, but without the steroidal assistance. Pinot Noir has many dozens of known clonal variations, but just two that have produced grapes for white wine - Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris (Gree) (also known as Pinot Grigio to Italians and tokay d'Alsace when standing on Alsatian soil). When ripe, Pinot Gris tends to vary significantly in color, from greenish to a pink-grey to brownish. Sometimes, all these colors can be found on a single cluster. The grapes can be crisp and acidic, but the acids can fall rapidly as the grape ripens, so the resulting wine can vary from crisp to flabby. Harvesting at the ideal ripeness level is key, and this wine is from the famed Wiley Vineyard in the westernmost region of Anderson Valley, the vineyard home of many crisp wines of great structure. Fortunately, they also get sufficient hang time to develop phenolic ripeness to complement their crispness, while the cooler temperatures allow them to avoid flabby wines. The Winery In fulfilling our mission - "Discovering your next favorite!" - we run pretty far afield to find a wine for our subscribers. The wine has to be great, of course, but the price also must fit our parameters. That's why we're so pleased when we discover a new winery making wine the way we think it should be made - in the vineyard, with minimal post-harvest manipulation. Breggo Cellars is just such a place.

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Snooth User: Daniel Petroski
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3.50 5
02/11/2008

Three and a half glasses



VERY LIMITED SHIPPING AREA! Ships ONLY to addresses in CA, ID, IL, IA, MN, MO, NM and WV. Sorry! Call me for details - 866-746-7293. Tasting Notes: My reaction to this wine was immediate, and I only wish I could get more than the handful of cases Doug agreed to give us. It deliveres immediate pleasure, and was the favorite white wine among all of the tasting room guests during my recent tasting session with this Anderson Valley producer. Initial aromas give a hint of what's to come, showing pear, apple, citrus blossom, and fig, all resting atop an undercurrent of almond. The mouthfeel is crisp while remaining sufficiently full to avoid being quickly forgotten. Look for flavors of pear and citrus amidst the lingering finish. About the Grape - Pinot Gris My regular readers are likely familiar with the fact that the pinot noir grape is genetically unstable. It mutates as often as Bonds smacks homers, but without the steroidal assistance. Pinot Noir has many dozens of known clonal variations, but just two that have produced grapes for white wine - Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris (Gree) (also known as Pinot Grigio to Italians and tokay d'Alsace when standing on Alsatian soil). When ripe, Pinot Gris tends to vary significantly in color, from greenish to a pink-grey to brownish. Sometimes, all these colors can be found on a single cluster. The grapes can be crisp and acidic, but the acids can fall rapidly as the grape ripens, so the resulting wine can vary from crisp to flabby. Harvesting at the ideal ripeness level is key, and this wine is from the famed Wiley Vineyard in the westernmost region of Anderson Valley, the vineyard home of many crisp wines of great structure. Fortunately, they also get sufficient hang time to develop phenolic ripeness to complement their crispness, while the cooler temperatures allow them to avoid flabby wines. The Winery In fulfilling our mission - "Discovering your next favorite!" - we run pretty far afield to find a wine for our subscribers. The wine has to be great, of course, but the price also must fit our parameters. That's why we're so pleased when we discover a new winery making wine the way we think it should be made - in the vineyard, with minimal post-harvest manipulation. Breggo Cellars is just such a place.

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