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A few weeks ago I wrote about a couple examples of Picpoul de Pinet, one of my favorite white wine varietals.  It’s one of those varietals where you’re most likely only going to find one or two options at your local wine shop, versus the 80+ options you’ll have for Chardonnay.

Given that I don’t come across Picpoul de Pinet from a large number of producers it doesn’t make sense for me to do a full series here on Cheap Wine Ratings.  But I recently tried a new one and I decided to do another quick review.  I won’t regurgitate all the background info on Picpoul, you can check out the previous post for that.

Ormarine Picpoul de Pinet

The Ormarine Picpoul de Pinet is produced by Cave De L’Ormarine  and imported by Grape Expectations.  Overall, it is quite good but didn’t impress me as much as some other Picpouls I have tasted. 

The color is an extremely light straw.  The nose is rather tight, but once it does open up it delivers a bouquet of peach and pear with a soft lime undercurrent.  The palate brings loads of pear flavor, a lemon acidity and a hint of mineral.  The mineral aspect is much more subtle than I’ve found in other bottles of Picpoul de Pinet.

It’s very light and refreshing and a great value.  I found this one for a very reasonable $7.99!

Wine: Ormarine
Varietal: Picpoul de Pinet
Vintage: 2006
Alcohol: 12.5%
Rating: 86
Price Paid: $7.99

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