Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Nice Choice for the New Year

Goose Bay of New Zealand has made a nice reputation for itself with a couple decent kosher versions of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, the two varietals for which the island nation has become renowned. The Sauv Blanc has has become a particular favorite among the kosher crowd, being both toothsome and affordable.

Now, Goose Bay has come out with a 2007 Pinot Gris, it's first stab at this great. I was skeptical upon opening it, but was stunned when it turned out to surpass the Sauv Blanc in quality. This is a beautifully balanced wine, full (well, fullish) and rich from its brief exposure to a bit a oak—and due to the natural tendencies of the grape—which does well in cool climates; and yet with a subtle minerality in the finish. The palate has lemon, lime, pear, eucalyptus, vegetal notes and honey as it warns up. Some may call this a flaw, but it offers no impediments between itself and enjoyment. It's an easy wine to like. Yet there's nothing simple about it.

The price is just under $20. Kosher wine just keeps getting better.

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