Last month the 2001 Bodega Lurton Mendoza Pinot Gris was poured for me to evaluate in a blind tasting. This is made from the same grape as Italys Pinot Grigio, but is made in a bigger and more fruit-driven style of Alsace (France) where it is known as Pinot Gris. The Lurtons are a winemaking family from Bordeaux with a Berkeley connection. This effort from their new operation in Argentina is impressive.
The aromas and flavors of this wine are ripe and forward with luscious tropical fruit, apricots and melons held in check by tangy acidity. This is an unoaked, full-bodied wine with dense weight on the palate and fat mouthfeel from aging on the lees. It carries through to a solid finish that is somewhat warm with a slight phenolic etch softened by a hint of residual sugar that is in balance. An absolutely delicious and satisfying quaff in the 87-point range.
The best part is that its only $6!!!! Without knowing the identity, I had speculated that it would retail for $12 to $15 and others agreed with my quality/price assessment. It could certainly hold its own in that price range. Its still unbelievable to me that this much richness could be stuffed into a $6 wine. Buy a case to carry you through the summer months it would be a wonderful accompaniment to the mango recipes weve been discussing this week on the board.
This bottle was purchased from Paul Marcus Wines, a fine wine retailer in Oakland, California. It may be even less from discounters.