Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Anthony Road 2014 Pinot Gris, Finger Lakes

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Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio is there a difference? We say that there is.

Same Grape But Different Outcomes

Our interest in Pinot Grigio flared up more than a decade ago, and then went cold. At first, it was a light interesting wine – but we tired after tasting too many bad examples of weak, fruity wine.

Yes, indeed. Pinot Gris grapes are the same as Pinot Grigio – but to us, the name signals a much more intriguing wine.

Pinot Gris from Alsace can be opulent. California and Oregon also deliver fantastic Pinot Gris. Our favorite is probably the artistically produced Pinot Gris from Oregon. Occasionally we get a nice surprise, like this Pinot Gris from Anthony Road in the Finger Lakes.

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An Innovative Leader In Finger Lakes White Wine

Chardonnay Grapes at Anthony RoadWe had a chance to spend quality time at Anthony Road Wine Company on Seneca Lake during a pre-conference excursion during the recent Wine Bloggers Conference. Anthony Road is a regular stop for us during visits to the Finger Lakes. One of our favorite wines is the Tierce Riesling, which is a collaboration between winemakers at Anthony Road, Fox Run and Red Newt.

During our most recent visit, we had the chance to taste their skin-fermented Riesling and Chardonnay. These are sometimes referred to as “orange” wines. This is some creative stuff!

The Finger Lakes region’s fame is tied to outstanding Riesling and, to a lesser degree, Gewurztraminer. We haven’t tried much Pinot Gris from the area, so were delighted to taste this one.

Value And Taste Delivered

In the glass, the Anthony Road Pinot Gris is a playful lemon yellow. On the nose there are wafts of honey and tropical fruit.

This wine at 0.5% residual sugar actual has a lower RS than Anthony Road’s Dry Riesling. The sensation of sweetness, we’ve found, is actually an interplay between sugar and the acidity level.

In this case the wine has a full flavors of tropical fruit and an off-dry sweetness.The body is very silky and it finishes with a dash of minerality. Serve it slightly chilled for the best enjoyment.

At an SRP of $16.99, this is an affordable luxury and one we heartily recommend.

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