Wednesday, September 22, 2010

2008 Pulenta Pinot Gris

For dinner tonight, I rubbed some salmon filets down with aleppo pepper, dried orange peel, dried orange peel and kosher salt and grill-smoked them over charcoal and alder wood. Needing something to meld with the citrus rub, I grabbed a bottle of 2008 Pulenta XIV Pinot Gris, Mendoza from the refrigerator. Suffice to say, it did not disappoint. Pale golden color with green highlights, the nose is a beautiful combination of orange peel, sweet Meyer lemon and rainwater. It's wonderfully dry on the palate with citrus and mineral flavors and a long earthy finish.

Pinot Gris, whether from Alsace, Argentina, California or Oregon is my go-to wine when I feel like having a white with salmon. For $15, you could do much, much worse than the Pulenta XIV.

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