OK. I’m not on a quest to find a great Pino Grigio. I haven’t yet found one. Actually, if memory serves correctly, on a particularly rough TGI Friday’s outing of many drinks and many wings years ago, I think I found my soul mate Pinot Grigio in Chateau St. Michelle. I believe that, as most white wine evenings, was Dylan’s fault. Thank you for that, Dylan. However, Ecco Domani was a vineyard I was familiar with- I am soul mates with their Merlot. The Pinot, not so much.
I like all of Ecco Domani’s labels. Very metrosexual, very geometric, very much out of Duran Duran’s Is There Something I Should Know video(the shapes in the background of the video are what I’m referring to. Only a Duranie would know). When you pop the cork on this one, well, you got light and crispy right off the cork. 45 minutes later, you’re treated to a nice bit of tropicalia. What you’re not treated to is a bunch of drunken swine singing their bad karaoke version of “Kokomo.” Thankfully- it might ruin the wine!
You have light notes of fruit and it’s moderately crisp. I taste some melon, some apple, maybe a little bit of pear. Happily, no grapefruit notes that I could detect at that time. It’s crispness almost distracts from the wine. It’s a nice wine. I would have to put this one with some broiled fish and lemon juice and lamb(shudder). I don’t think it would work well with anything else, not even my all-present spinach salad. It would work well with LifeSaver Gummies also, but that’s another blog posting(Wine and Candy- Why Not? is the working title). Thankfully, it didn’t sour my stomach more than the baseball games I was going back and forth between(Cubs and Sox, both lost abysmally, thanks for asking). It is a good candidate for a veranda wine, but I’ll have to further try and discuss with Dylan, since he is co-arbiter of the Veranda Wine Nights.
What to say? I like this wine, but I don’t love it. I think they’ve got a punchier white waiting for me, and I just haven’t discovered it yet. Ecco’s merlot, as I mentioned earlier, is fantastic and I would gladly drink loads of that while watching the Blackhawks beat the Bruins, but the pinot, is too light. In all good conscience, I can only award it 3 because it didn’t do a whole lot for me. It’s still better than some other pinot grigios I’ve had, but it’s just okay.