Tasting Notes: Ecaana Pinot Grigio

With our trip to Italy happening later this year, I have been on an Italian wine kick. Tastings, research, looking at bottles... it was getting me very excited to travel there! The weather in Charlotte this past week or so was very warm, so I wanted to try a white. I thought this would be a good place to start since we'll be traveling there in the summer time, too. I was grocery shopping at Whole Foods, so I thought I'd just check out their Italy section to see what they offered!

The Facts

  • Producer: Ecaana
  • Region: delle Venezie IGT (Northern Italy)
  • Vintage: 2014
  • Variety: Pinot Grigio
  • Where I purchased: Whole Foods
  • Price: $10.99
  • Eyes: This wine was a very light, pale yellow color. I think I've seen this referred to as "pale platinum". The photo above almost makes it look more yellow, but next to the other white wines in the store, it was definitely very light. The color definitely gave me the impression that it would be a light bodied wine.
     
  • Nose: Apple. Just straight up apple. Then maybe some hint of pear, but I was overwhelmed by the scent of apple. It smelled good!
     
  • Mouth: As I would expect based on the nose, there was definitely some apple taste coming through. I think I told K that it tasted like apple juice, but significantly less sugary (as it should be). There was also some lemon or citrus notes that were very refreshing. 
     
  • Thoughts: First off, I want to be honest in that I chose this wine based on two things: (1) price point and (2) the label. It has such a cute label! I am a firm believer in that cute labels don't always result in the best wines, but I was limited on time, so it was a deciding factor for me. Ultimately, I thought this wine was very crisp and refreshing! I liked the apple flavors a lot and found it to have some good acid. This made it very easy to drink, in my opinion. I haven't had a lot of Pinot Grigio recently, but I think this is a great choice as the weather gets warmer, especially if you're looking for a less expensive choice. Plus, it's a screw top! Perfect for any picnic or outing you have where you don't want to carry a wine opener. 

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Tasting Notes: Governors Bay Sauvignon Blanc

I apologize for the delay in posting. Our housework was delayed due to poor weather and we did not have access to any wine necessities. It was terrible! I'm just kidding about it being terrible because now we have beautiful new floors and a fresh coat of paint in the house, but I am glad to be back to regular programming!

This is the third wine from my Total Wine 2015 Challenge. Not sure I will get to taste them all before 2015 ends (how is it December already?!), but at least it's progress!

The Facts

  • Producer: Governors Bay
  • Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2014
  • Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Where I purchased: Total Wine
  • Price: $11.99
  • Eyes: This sauvignon blanc is very light in color, a very pale yellow. It looked to be very light bodied, or very light in viscosity. 
     
  • Nose: This wine was VERY fragrant. A strong nose of citrus -- definitely some grapefruit. I also smelled a hint of apple and pear. 
     
  • Mouth: I knew based off of the smell that this wine would have a strong citrus flavor, and I was not wrong. Others note a big gooseberry flavor, but to be honest, I have no idea what a gooseberry tastes like so I will have to take their word for it (and eventually try a gooseberry so I know). Gooseberry is very characteristic of sauvignon blancs from Marlborough. There was definitely some acidity to this wine... I could tell based on the fact that acidity in wine makes your mouth water after the sip. I would say the acidity almost made the wine tart, but it wasn't overwhelming in my opinion.
     
  • Thoughts: I'm still learning to really enjoy whites, but this one was easy to drink and is characteristic of whites I have started to like. It was crisp, and in my opinion, refreshing. I tend to like the lighter and fruity (citrus, apple, etc) wines more so than the "heavy", buttery, oaky chardonnays, so this one was a win in my book. At this price point, it is definitely on my list for when summer returns!

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