Sample received courtesy the winemaker for review purposes.
From the bottle:
“Light and silky, our Pinot Grigio displays charming fruit and floral notes. The crisp, dry flavors make this wine food-friendly and delightful for sipping. Believing that wine should be an integral part of life, Robert Mondavi founded Woodbridge winery in 1979 to make fine wines for every occasion. He returned to his childhood roots in historic Lodi, California to craft wines using his signature techniques that combine rich tradition with state-of-the-art innovation.
An interesting blend on this one with 76% Pinot Grigio and 21% “aromatic white varieties”. The labeling laws in the U.S. state that a wine must be at least 75% of that varietal to be labeled as such, so this one just barely meets that distinction.
The 2010 Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Pinot Grigio exhibits aromas of citrus, apple and some floral notes. The wine tastes of citrus, predominantly lemon/lime and apple, and has a bit of minerality to go along with the lightly sweet taste. This is a light wine that’s maybe a bit thin, but still quite nice. There is a little zest on the finish which also lasts longer than I was expecting.
It’s hard to tell exactly what the 21% aromatic white varieties add, but it doesn’t seem to change the character of the wine all that much — it still tastes like a Pinot Grigio to me. I’m guessing the floral notes on the nose come from this aromatic blend, and perhaps that also attributes to a little bit of the thin character of the wine. Overall a simple but refreshing wine that would be a safe bet to serve at a party with a lot of varied palates.
Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi wine reviewed to date:
2009 Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet/Merlot – Easy-Going and Adaptable
2009 Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Zinfandel – A Fine Wine For $5.99
2010 Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Moscato – An Easy Choice
Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Extra Dry Sparkling Wine – Holiday Sparklers Wine #1
Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Brut – Holiday Sparklers Wine #5
Overall Rating: 7.0
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