Often, when you see “California” as the appellation on a wine label, it hints at sub-par sourcing of the grapes. Not so here, as Clarksburg, Monterey, Russian River Valley and Napa are all prime sources for Pinot Gris — and, as with previous vintages, this wine delivers. Light straw color. The perfumed aromas evoke a summer fruit salad (banana, peach, crisp apple and cantaloupe). The viscous, fleshy cantaloupe comes to the fore in the mouth, showing a rosewater unctuousness. The wine also sweetens up in the mouth, as if a drizzle of honey had been poured over the fruit. It’s all held together with a nice thread of citric acidity. A versatile white that can hold its own with many foods. Try it with a spicy Thai mango salad.
MSRP: $15 (June 2012)
Wine Lines rating: 90