Back to the Castle

So…

Kara made some amazing Macaroni and Cheese tonight, and I just happened to have another wine sample to review, so I figured I’d pair the two.

Check out the wine…

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Castello di Amorosa 2012 Mendocino County Pinot Grigio

And the Mac and Cheese…

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Kara used Gruyere and Cheddar in this bad boy. Yum!

The Castello di Amorosa 2012 Mendocino County Pinot Grigio consists of 100% Stainless Steel Tank-Aged Pinot Grigio.  It comes in at 14.5% alcohol, and is available at the winery (as well as in their extensive online store) for $21.

Color: Very pale yellow.  Think of the color of hay.

Nose: Massive amounts of honeysuckle (maybe due to the 3.8 g/L of residual sugar) create a nice backdrop for the green apple and honeydew fruits.  The nose isn’t overly sweet.  There are plenty of wet rocks to balance everything out.

Taste: There is a surprisingly nice petrol note to this wine which provides for a very fun, viscous mouthfeel.  As with most Pinot Grigios, there is a brightly acidic backbone to this wine that delivers a variety of citrus fruit flavors of lemon and lime zest.  There is a nice combination of honey and minerality at play here too.

Score: I get it.  Castello di Amorosa makes wines consisting of mainly Italian varieties of grapes, and no self-respecting “Italian” winery would ever label a bottle as “Pinot Gris”, but… This is not one of those ordinary, 20-dollar, flat-lemon-lime-soda-tasting, Italian Pinot Grigios that have been taking over your local super market in recent years.  This drinks like one of those rich, subtle, and intriguing Oregonian Pinot Gris that I have been grooving on in recent months.  Stylistically, these guys have done everything right with the grape they call the “Grey Pine”.  At 87+ points, you may want to introduce this Pinot Grigio to your favorite housewife.

With the Food: Kara’s Mac n’ Cheese is killer!  Creamy.  Cheesy.  Zesty.  And the combination of the soft pasta and the crunchy bread crumbs makes it a textural sensation.  When paired with the Pinot Grigio the flavor of the dish transforms to that of a pear, walnut, and gorgonzola pizza.  Fantastic!

Stay Rad,

Jeff

What’s your favorite Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio?  Leave a comment, and tell us about it.

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2 Responses to “Back to the Castle”

  1. Jeff Eckles Says:

    Great review, Jeff. Definitely want to get my hands on that wine, oh, and that Mac-N-Cheese too!

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