Mini-reviews 70: Ponzi, white Rhone, lemberger, pinot blanc

wine reviews PonziReviews of wines that don ?t need their own post, but are worth noting for one reason or another. Look for it on the final Friday of each month.

? Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Gris 2014 ($17, sample, 13.2%): Needs more time in the bottle, but when this Oregon white is ready in a couple of months, it should be classic, elegant Oregon pinot gris — fresh tropical fruit, rich mouth feel, and long finish.

?Dauvergne-Ranvier C tes du Rh ne Vin Gourmand 2012 ($15, purchased, 13.5%): Uninspired white French blend that was overpriced and lacking in anything to make it interesting. A hint of viognier (peach?) and not much else. We do this kind of wine much better in Texas.

? Weingut Schnaitmann Lemberger 2012 ($15, sample, 13%): Unfortunately for those of us who like lemberger, a red grape that’s hard to find, this isn’t the answer. There’s lots of red fruit, but this German wine is disjointed and needs something more than just the fruit.

? Rudi Wiest Dry Pinot Blanc 2012 ($12, sample, 12%): This German white was delightful, with candied lime fruit, fizzy acidity, and just a touch sweet. It was everything I hope it would be; the catch being that availability is limited.

2 thoughts on “Mini-reviews 70: Ponzi, white Rhone, lemberger, pinot blanc

  • By JuliaB - Reply

    Speaking of white Rhones…I opened a 2012 Bonpas Luberon last night. Back up the truck! It was $9.99 in OHIO!! (not known for great wine deals) Had that apricot and lemon with a hint of floral thing going on that rendered it totally gulpable. Blend: 50 % Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc 20%, 20% Clairette, 10%Vermentino. If you like a summer white that allows for drinking without thinking…this is the one.

    • By Wine Curmudgeon - Reply

      Will look for it here. If you have it in Ohio, it must be available here, right? Or not, given how the system works.

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