Here’s a roundup of the 7 Pinot Grigios/Pinot Gris that we recently reviewed. This gives you a quick reference of how they all stacked up.
To be honest, I wasn’t that excited about doing a Pinot Grigio series. Let’s face it, cheap Pinot Grigio can often leave something to be desired. But I was pleasantly surprised with the results. In the blind tasting there was only one clunker, which I didn’t post a review of because it appeared to be a flawed bottle. So, all of these were acceptable… or even better, downright good wine!
There were actually four different wines that scored an 88, but of those my personal favorite was the Lucien Albrecht Cuvee Romanus. All of the 88 wines were stylistically a little different, but all good. The Lucien Albrecht had an intense apple flavor and crisp acidity. It really shows why Alsatian wine has the good reputation that it does.
Although the Lucien Albrecht was my favorite, it also costs $19.99, making it an expensive pick for many cheap wine seekers. And so, the best bargain wine goes to Carmenet, also scoring an 88 but only costing $11.00. The Carmenet Pinot Grigio has everything I expect of a California Pinot Grigio. It has nice perfumey aromas along with crisp lime and pear flavors. It’s refreshing and clean.
Here’s the full lineup of the wines reviewed and how they scored.
|Sopranos Pinot Grigio Friuli||2008||88||$13.50|
|Lucien Albrecht Cuvee Romanus||2008||88||$19.99|
|MacMurray Ranch – Sonoma Coast||2008||88||$20.00|
|Sopranos (not Friuli)||2007||84||$10.99|