2008 Gaetano D’Aquino Pinot Grigio

The first of (hopefully) many Jawlz.com reviews/ratings of wines. For this one we start out with a super budget wine, the 2008 Gaetano D’Aquino Pinot Grigio, which can be purchased for $3.99 at Trader Joe’s. In the future I’ll be adding several more ‘reviews’ of many different wines (don’t worry, not all of them are going to be cheap Trader Joes wines; just some of them!) Anyways, here we go:

Wine: 2008 Gaetano D’Aquino Pinot Grigio

Price: $3.99 at Trader Joes

The Tasting:

Color: Super pale (as you can probably see in the picture). Most pinot grigio’s I’ve had are quite pale, though this one is probably a bit more pale than most I’ve seen.

Nose: Sweet nectarines. There is some honeysuckle here, and the same kind of tingling scent that you can get from licorice, but without the actual licorice flavor. It’s almost like smelling sweet tarts without the tartness. Very similar to a combination of purple and blue pixy stix, if you’ve ever had that particular kind of candy. The nose definitely sets you up to think that this is going to be massively sweet, which isn’t what I look for in a pinot grigio. Moving on to the taste…

Taste: Surprisingly, not too sweet (hooray for that!). There is some grass here, and a hint of wet mint leaves/stems. Skittles candy come up in the middle of the tongue. There’s hints of pear with a minute amount of honey on it. These are all relatively sweet flavors, but the wine itself isn’t too sweet. It isn’t exactly crisp, but it is far from cloying. I’d say it’s a bit thin, and possibly a tad watery, but to so much that it lacks any and all substance. Not much finish.

My girlfriend after her first sip says that it is “mild and unobtrusive.” After her first glass, she’s determined that she likes it, and that it’s easy to drink quite a bit of it!

Final Thoughts: This is far from a profound wine, but it is also far from being dreck. I’d rate it around an 80-81. Not earth-shattering, but really, for only $3.99, you can’t argue.

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Date: Saturday, 20. February 2010 21:25
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