codename: pinot grigio

2015 Castello Banfi Pinot Grigio San Angelo Toscana IGT

Nothin’ wrong with a little Pinot Greege from time to time! Green apples, pear, Meyer lemon, a hint of honey and minerality on the nose. Green apple, peach, a hint of thyme, and a mineral finish on the palate. 

3/5 bones

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Pinot Grigio

12.5% abv

Tuscany, ITALY

Sandhill Pinot Gris

Let me remind you that I’m not a fan of pinot gris. Despite this, the Sandhill Pinot Gris has some stuff to offer. Not in the smell, mind you. It smells like nothing. Probably because most pinot gris tastes like nothing. 


Sandhill Pinot Gris, on the other hand, has acidity AF. When you sip it, something pretty weird happens. Unlike most acidic white wines, the acidity gets you in the mid-palate rather than right up front. What the hell am I talking about? Basically, imagine biting into a green apple. It’s like, a second AFTER you bite into it, there’s this mouth-watering freshness that’s almost too much to handle. 

I’m honestly telling you that drinking this pinot gris gave my mouth the same feeling that biting into a green apple did. The apple notes are off the hook and dominate any other flavor that might come to call. The label of the wine says that it has flavours of “melon, pineapple and lemon drop (what the fuck is a lemon drop?) but all I tasted was green apple, green apple and more green apple. That’s not a bad thing, but it was definitely a lot to handle. I shouldn’t complain though, because my usual complaint about pinot gris is exactly the opposite; that it’s flavourless. Upon drinking, I also noticed an unpleasant bitterness in the aftertaste that was really neither here nor there. 


I gave up on this wine, but a lack of any other wines forced me to keep drinking it the next day, and wow! it was a whole different wine. The oxidization and time in the fridge overnight really mellowed out that bitterness and acidity, revealing a whole new wine. I got honey notes, some of that melon, and a bit of a candy-like/rock sugar aftertaste (is that lemon drop? idk). 

Regardless, pinot gris still isn’t my cup of tea but Sandhill Pinot Gris is for your next-level pinot gris drinkers. This ain’t no basic bitch white wine. 

2015 Terlato Family Vineyards Pinot Grigio Colli Orientali del Friuli

Chillin’ with this Pinot Greege on a lazy afternoon. Ripe pear, cantaloupe, peach, and stony minerality on the nose. Very ripe on the palate with loads of pears, apricots, peaches, and still a whiff of cantaloupe. Grapefruit finish. 

3/5 bones

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Pinot Grigio

13% abv

Friuli-Venezia Giulia, ITALY