Friday, May 11, 2012

Updated Review: *** $ Paso Station Pinot Grigio, Paso Robles, CA, 2009 - (BEST VALUE)

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Initial review, by way of background, December, 2010: This is Paso Station Pinot Grigio, Paso Robles, CA, 2009, finished at 12.5% alcohol.  In fact, this is a blend of 95% pinot grigio plus 5% riesling to sweeten and soften the pinot.  The label is marketed as part of the Vinesse line, aka American Cellars. 

In the glass: Clear with a hint of yellow and vanilla. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this California pinot grigio sports a crisp apple nose with a bit of a lightly funky overtone of grass, butterscotch and walnuts. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are a sleek, clean, mild and light cane sugar sweet dusting on the mid-palate,  with a very gentle sweep of light acids across your tongue.  The finish is tangy and somewhat sweet, not cloying, sitting gently in your cheeks.  Interestingly, the fruit on the nose has pretty much vanished in the palate, leaving an impression that the wine was composed of pure cane sugar.  Interesting in that cleanliness.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best value.

Following long decant, several days in partially filled bottle, kept cool under decant:  aromas are spicy and smooth, still carrying some funk; palate flattens holds most of its cleanliness, but flattens and "fruits" up just a bit.

Updated review, over a year later,  May, 2012:  Color remains yellow and vanilla.  Consistent nose too, although the crisp apples have become applesauce.  The walnuts are still there.  The palate remains sound, but the crisp cane sugar has given way to a more languid sweetness.  I'd suggest drinking this very young.  At three years from vintage date, it is growing tired at a progerian pace.  

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