If I said that you could buy a David Ramey-produced (yes, that David Ramey) bottle of white wine for 11 bucks, you wouldn't walk, you'd RUN to the wine store, right? Well, that's what I'm telling you. ---
I love sharing discoveries of great wines, especially when they're both great and affordable. Such is the case with estate-bottled Brassfield Winery High Serenity Ranch Vineyard Pinot Grigio 2011. It sells here for a measly $10.99 and it will rock you. That's not something I often say about Pinot Grigio, which can be as dull as watching grass grow. But, as I mentioned, winemaker David Ramey of Ramey Wine Cellars has been working with Brassfield Estate and lending his magic to their wines. And, well, the proof is in the bottle.
This Pinot Grigio is fermented in a combination of stainless-steel tanks, neutral oak barrels and small stainless-steel barrels, aged sur lie for six months with battonage (that's the stirring of the lees), which adds beautiful body and texture to the wine -- again, not terms I normally associate with Pinot Grigio.
There are Fuji apple and melon aromas on the nose, and the wine is crisp and bright, with good acidity and lemon-lime notes on the palate. I unscrewed a bottle (it's a screw-top) and poured it alongside an heirloom tomato Caprese salad and, WOW!
As the summer begins to draw to a close, I strongly urge you to snag a bottle or two of this tremendous value; it's a perfect summer sipper and might change the way you think about Pinot Grigio. It did that for me.