Not a Pinot Grigio Fan

We had a bottle of 2005 Weingut Hillinger Pinot Grigio last night. I’m really not a pinot grigio person. They usually don’t do much for me, but that’s probably because after being subjected to so many bad ones by the glass in bars, at weddings and at people’s houses I’m not sure I’m willing to part with my wine money for any more. I find them flabby and lacking character and that leaves me hesitant to buy them.

Matt wanted to try buy this one when were at the Curious Grape. It was inexpensive, around $8, had a plastic cork and is 12% alcohol by volume. I’ll say it’s better than other pinot grigios I’ve had, but it still didn’t do much for me.

It had an indistinct nose, which generally isn’t a good sign. A little sweet and floral in the mouth. I also got some sort of sweet fruits, but I really couldn’t pick them out, they just seemed indistinguishable. There was a slight rubbing alcohol aftertaste on this one. It’s not for me.

Anyone have any suggestions for a good pinot grigio to give me some faith in this wine?

3 Responses

  1. I’m afraid the best Pinot Grigio I have had was at an Italian restaurant in Limerick, Ireland. I don’t recall what it was, though a friend of mine goes Greek when she drinks Pinot Grigio: She gets a glass of ice and pours her wine into it. Apparently, that helps a lot. *)

  2. Italian in Ireland? Well that’s a new one! My Irish gramma used to make pasta with Hunt’s ketchup! Let’s just say it wasn’t the world’s best food.

    Ice in my pinot grigio? Hum, not sure how I feel about a wine that needs to be diluted with ice in order to taste good…

  3. I’d like to start by saying I’m really enjoying your blog. While I know this is an older post, I had a similar experience with an Italian Pinot Grigio by Banfi–I passed it around to my guests on New Year’s Eve ’07 just to make sure my taste buds weren’t deceiving me–they said they weren’t.

    However, last night, my husband and I visited a local wine bar and they had a nice Italian Pinot Grigio called Queen Rose by Delle Venezie. This was the most delicious Pinot Grigio I’d ever tasted. It was smooth, light, and mellow with no bite or aftertaste.

    If you happen across a bottle, let me know how you like it–and please visit me at my blog– I’m just getting started–but I’m having a blast!!

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