Whomp Whomp: Ménage Á Trois 2011 Pinot Grigio Review

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For our regular Friday night wine call we decided to go with a Pinot Grigio since we were planning on having a decadent meal of Fettuccine Alfredo. It’s a rare treat and we wanted to set it off just right. Pinot Grigio plays well with the chicken and the creamy sauce, cleansing the palette quite thoroughly allowing each bite to be as epic as the first. We selected the Ménage Á Trois 2011 Pinot Grigio because we like their white blend and their Rosé is alright. We poured this wine with great anticipation!

Ménage Á Trois 2011 Pinot Grigio comes in at 13.5% alcohol. I believe this is a 100% Pinto Grigio and it’s steel tank fermented. The bottle was in good shape but the cork was quite wet 1/4 of the way up. Danger, Will Robinson! It did’t smell moldy, so we poured. The scent on opening was of slight citrus and the color a lovely pale yellow. I served the wine at 45 degrees and in a stemless white wine glass. I’d like to note a wet cork isn’t always a bad sign, especially for reds which often do better with side storage for proper ageing. It’s odd for a Pinot Grigio that’s been stored upright.

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The nose on the Ménage Á Trois 2011 Pinot Grigio hinted at a medium acidity with minerals, floral character, and light citrus. Perfect. The first sip, however, was what I like to call “Liquid Chuck Norris” because it roundhouse kicked me in the face. My husband didn’t see me take my first sip and I was writing my notes when he came in. He took his first taste and exclaimed “It’s ‘Lets get crunk and not care wine!” Honestly, this took several attempts to taste the notes because the acid is so high it can easily drown out anything else. The flavors are mostly lemon and mineral. It’s also got a very long finish for a Pinot Grigio.

Upon opening up and with food, it fared a little better. The acid does match alright with a creamy food, though even this was a bit much. The slightest hint of nectarines also emerged after about 30 minutes in the glass.

In conclusion, this is the Sex Panther of wines. I would not recommend it unless you have a frienemy that needs an alcoholic bitch slapping. On the standard Wine Spectator scale it’s not even rateable without creamy food stuffs. With a robust Alfredo, I’d give it a 78. I’m hopping my bottle was bad or the year was just poor for this wine. There is a difference between racy/juicy acidity and paint thinner!

Comments

  1. 1

    says

    So funny! Laughing while sipping my coffee! I’m usually not a white wine person but lately for whatever reason I’m enjoying a crisp, cold glass of the white stuff. I’ll be sure to stay away from this one though. I’ve been enjoying a South African wine, a Sauvignon Blanc called Two Oceans. You should give it a try. I’d be curious as to what you think.

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    • 2

      Erin says

      I’ll have to look it up when I get back to the states! I’m reviewing a Sauv Blanc soon you might enjoy. I’ve also got a couple of reds coming up that are great. I think with all the snow, you need some liquid sunshine in a glass!

  2. 8

    Julie says

    Best review ever. I just bought a bottle of this and had my first glass. Gagged on the first sip. Had to force myself to finish the small glass I poured myself. Definitely regretting getting this. It’s just horrible.

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