La Ronescina Pinot Grigio
This white wine smells mildly of cantaloupe, but no other scents jump out at me. That’s probably because it’s extra chilled, which dulls the aroma — my bad. It tastes dry at first, but a sweetness swells up in the middle of the glass. The notes are vanilla with burnt edges, green apple, and more of a Santa Claus melon than cantaloupe. In other words, the melon flavor is timid. Overall, the wine tastes like an apple dipped in caramel that was left a little too long on the stovetop.
It’s pretty standard but tasty for a pinot grigio. If you’re a fan of this varietal, you’ll like this. If you’re like me and like to be surprised by your wine, then you may prefer to pass it on by.
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Comique Revolution Blanc 2010
Central Coast, CA
Look at this — another wine that won me over with its label artistry! I’m so predictable. This time, that art is an alluring blend of golden tones with black lines portraying some odd lords and ladies along with exclamations that they had to “cut the fluff!” apparently leaving nothing behind but flavor notes. It’s all rather confusing, but that generally only serves to heighten my curiosity.
The Comique Revolution Blanc smells like crème brulee, or rather, it smells like cream, butter, vanilla, and a bit of peach for kicks. It tastes like crème brulee as well but a dry version of it with no overwhelming sweetness. Oak is definitely present, and it’s nicely balanced with that rich buttery flavor. For fruit, green apple comes out swiftly, taking dominance, but peach rounds out the sip.
It’s a pretty tasty white wine. Don’t be afraid of nonsensical labeling; give it a try!
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