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Chatham Hill California Pinot Grigio 2011

Recommendation: Not Recommended.

Winery/Producer: Chatham Hill Winery; Morrisville, North Carolina.

Grape Variety: Pinot Grigio.

Geographic Region, Appellation: California.

Vintage: 2011

Price: $12.99

Purchased From: The Berry Patch; Greensboro, North Carolina Farmers Market.

Paired With: Sipping.

Tasting:

    He said: Chilled before opening. Clear, golden color. Light cooked broccoli aromas with hints of damp forest floor. Very smooth mouth-feel, faint rubber taste that continues through a medium-long finish with a tad of bitterness. No fruit taste, no crispness and no fresh flavors. We don’t usually drink California Pinot Grigio (Pinot Gris), but this one produced in North Carolina was very disappointing. Even the rock bottom bargain priced Italian Pinot Grigio is head and shoulders above this one!!!

    She said: I would never know I was drinking a Pinot Grigio. With virtually no aroma, little taste, light body and no crispness I could find nothing in this wine to compensate for its shortcomings. Salty pretzels made it a bit more palatable but led to an unpleasant aftertaste.

    Comments: We had heard about Chatham Hill wines for a long time and when we saw some at the farmers market we just couldn’t resist buying a bottle. We had heard that a “chemist” was making pretty good wine using juice from other regions of the country. For North Carolina wines to be successful they are going to have to compete with similar priced wines from around the world…and, this one doesn’t even come close!!!

Alcohol: 12.4%

Bar code: 8 11461 05004 2

Imported by: NA