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2005 Estancia Pinot Grigio

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

I first tried this wine several years ago at a restaurant, Catch 22 on Hilton Head Islandestancia.jpg, SC. It came recommended by the wait staff, along with a fabulous meal, and I quickly discovered this was a wine I greatly enjoyed. I cannot count the number of times I have revisited the Estancia , and have never been disappointed by any of the vintages.

This Pinot Grigio is produced in the “Monterey/Pinnacles” Vineyard, located inland of Monterey Bay, CA. I have found this wine to be light/medium-bodied, intense with fruit (apple and pear), but not too sweet. I enjoyed it tonight with a fabulous dinner (thanks to Greg and Mark)… fresh shrimp, topped with a creamy “no-holds-barred” garlic butter sauce, served over Parmesan risotto, with French Baguette. The wine has a little spice to it, which also complemented this meal very well (especially with the garlic!).

I am often asked to recommend wines to friends for their special occasions, dinners, etc… and this one is always the first I mention, and to no surprise, it is also my first review. If your new to wine, its a great one to start with. It is inexpensive – retailing at around $10-$12 per bottle, it is versatile – complementing most any meal, and it isn’t too strong – with 12.5% alcohol.

A trip to the winery’s website Estancia Estates shows that Estancia’s production is diverse, as they experiment with 8 different varietals coming from 3 strategically placed vineyards in Southern California. It wasn’t until browsing the site that I discovered Estancia had a broad of a selection of varietals, which I will soon be trying… especially since I can buy online.

Go try a bottle, and tell me what you think!

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