Sometimes a bargain white is bad and sometimes it’s good. Rarely is it ever great. Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve 2015 Pinot Gris happens to be great! You could easily imagine that this TJ’s wine comes from a big name and big price Oregon producer. I’d say it’s about a $20 value wine at $10.
The Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve 2015 Pinot Gris comes in at 13.3% ABV. It’s from the Willamette Valley, and it’d assume it’s 100% Pinot Gris grapes in the wine. I don’t have any information on the aging of this wine; I’d think it’s steel tank as I don’t taste any oak or feel the roundness neutral oak imparts. I chilled the wine to about 45 degrees and let it stand on the counter for a moment before tasting. If you plan on slowly sipping this, I’d use a Corkcicle. I used a stemless white wine glass for tasting the wine. When the bottle was opened, I got a light scent of mango. The wine is a lovely straw color with a hint of peridot sheen at the rim.
Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve 2015 Pinot Gris has a moderately perfumed nose that has mango, lime, fresh cream, tangerine, and hints of grapefruit and minerals that are noticeable with severe swirling. It tastes almost exactly the way the nose smells, but with a hint of honey and more minerals. It’s a dry wine make no mistake, but the little kiss of honey flavor minus the sweet elevates the wine. The finish is exceptionally long with dried unsweetened mango, honeycomb, and tangerine peel alongside a light minerality that sparkles. The acidity is lively without being overwhelming.
Needless to say, this is a great wine for Thai or Mexican flavors. I paired it with mole chicken and Mexican street corn and it went beautifully with it. I give the Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve 2015 Pinot Gris a 91 point rating and a must try status. I will repurchase it frequently as long as it’s in stock!
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