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Most octogenarians are content to sit in a rocking chair and maybe visit their grandchildren, but not Margrit Mondavi: “I just love to meet people and I love to remember my late husband Robert and tell people a little bit about what we do at the winery.” With a platinum blonde bob and a beaming smile, Margrit Mondavi was the highlight at the dedication of a private dining room at Modus Ristorante in Toronto recently.
This Pinot Grigio is a pale gold green. Sweet fruit and a hint of herbs in the aroma. Light body, lightly sweet and lively, with a hint of tangerine and plenty of lime in both flavor and finish. It’s an easy to drink aperitif wine, especially at the end of a hot, muggy day, when you want a little more than a limeade and a little less than a cocktail. The wine became a bit more fruity as it opened in the glass. But sweetness predominated when I tried pairing it with dinner (chicken) so I had to give it up for the meal. Read about Becky Sue’s thoughts as she samples the whole Reserve line on BeckySueEpstein.com.
This was given to me by a good friend when I lived back in Ohio. She and her family visited North Carolina, and she brought some wine back to try. This is the first from the Carolinas I've had the opportunity to try. While three-quarters of the bottle is Cab Franc, it also contains 20% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Medium garnet red color. A medium intensity nose with red fruit, oak, and earthiness. One the palate it was clean, and relatively light to medium in structure, tannin, flavor, and acidity. Juicy red fruits. While I wouldn't call this a stellar bottle, it wasn't bad by any means. More importantly, it definitely has me intrigued to try other wines from the Eastern sea board!
The always-generous folks over at Cleavage Creek Cellars sent three different bottles of wine for our action, their 2005 Tracy Hills Cabernet Syrah, 2007 tray Hills Merlot-Shiraz, and 2009 Tracy Hills Reserve Chardonay, total retail value $54.00.