The sunshine has been poking its head out again these past few days, so I decided to head out on a wine adventure. Interestingly enough, many wineries aren’t open in the middle of the week – but I did find a spot that had a fantastic wine list: Le Bar at Marché. This restaurant has some of my favorite food in town and their wine list does far from disappoint. So, on a Wednesday afternoon I ordered myself a glass of the 2014 Montinore Estate Pinot Gris.
I’ve seen the Montinore Estate label many times and it was definitely on my list of “to try” wines. After trying this varietal, I can’t wait to make a trip up north to Forest Hills to try the rest of their selections. This was one of those wines that was pleasant from the moment it hit my senses. The nose was crisp and had hints of tangy, yet sweet grapefruit. I was expecting this to be more on the tart side throughout, but it was definitely not. Flavors of tangy key lime first hit my palette, then it changed into more toasted and tropical fruit flavors. It was light bodied and incredibly smooth, especially on the finish. My goodness, this wine was just plain delicious.
What really drew me to this wine was not only that it was from 2014, a vintage I have not tried much of (since many of the white wines produced this past fall are just being bottled – or are still aging), but that it was made from certified organic and biodynamic vineyards. These two topics are an article in themselves, but I hadn’t actually tried a wine that was certified in both organic and biodynamics. This wine had some very interesting (and delicious!) characteristics though. It was a very distinct Pinot gris. Growing grapes, and making fantastic wine out of those grapes is a form of art. Montinore Estates have created a masterpiece with this 2014 Pinot Gris, that’s for sure.
The 2014 Pinot gris was just recently released, and they sell it for $16 a bottle. What a great deal! I paired this wine with a simple salad made with meyer lemon vinaigrette, but as we know Pinot gris pairs well with so many things. Pick this bottle up and open it on a beautiful sunny day, it is just dying to be drank.