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Sunday, September 14, 2008

2006 Chateau Grand Traverse Pinot Noir Vin Gris

You don't see this sort of thing all that often – vin gris – white wine made with a grape typically used for red, in this case Pinot Noir. The wine sees no contact with the skins so check out the color – a very light salmon color. This interesting wine goes for $9 for a 500 ml bottle.

A somewhat difficult wine to describe – a bit hot even though the alcohol level is fairly low. Spiced – perhaps overspiced – unripened peaches. There's some unripe melon as well – or maybe better stated as a bit of melon that's cut a bit too close to the rind. Thick and viscous, not quite dry but hardly sweet, perhaps somewhat weak due it's being a bit short on acid

Some lingering creaminess on the finish, a bit of heat, and lingering unripe stone fruit.

Though the wine isn't perfect, if you're at all interested in something a bit different it's worth a look.

Wine: 6
QPR: 8 (due to it being interesting)

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