Sunday, November 11, 2018

Wine Review: Suhru Pinot Grigio 2017


Suhru was founded in 2008 by Russell and Susan Hearn. Russell is also the winemaker of Lieb Cellars, whose wines I've have had the pleasure of reviewing many many times and thoroughly enjoy. During his wine career, Russell worked his way around the globe: New Zealand, Burgundy, California, Massachusetts and, in 1990, Virginia. Hearing about the wonderful Chardonnay being made on Long Island, he took the trip there with other winemakers to see what's doin'. And he's been there ever since.

This is the winery that Susan and Russell always dreamed they would have. Suhru's goal is to source excellent fruit from the regions in New York where each variety grows best, creating vibrant, balanced, and approachable wines for all to enjoy.

This is wine #1 of 6 that I'll be reviewing by Suhru. Today is the 2017 Pinot Grigio, and then I'll also be reviewing their 2013 Ember red blend, 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 Dry Riesling, 2013 Shiraz, and NV Brut. To see all of them, or the ones that have been published already, just check out the month on the blog.

The 2017 Pinot Grigio is grown in Riverhead on the North Fork of Long Island, and they consider their PG to be their signature wine. It was fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks with no malolactic fermentation or barrel aging.

The color of the wine is a very pale straw yellow. On the nose there's aromas of apricot, clementine, lemon thyme, hay, and spearmint. There's another element on the nose that I'm having issues pinpointing, but my brain keeps saying "white chocolate". On the palate it's light bodied with a sharp mouthfeel, bright acidity, and the slightest drop of sweetness. There's flavors of green apple, lime lollipop, and wet stone. The crisp finish leaves you with green apples and a lovely salivating acidity.

Here I was totally thinking "whelp, this is the one that I'm probably not going to like" but I'm really enjoying this! For the same price you could get Santa Margherita but this guy kicks that overpriced bullcrap right in the teeth! Not very often am I going to drop $17 on a Pinot Grigio when you can find gems for much less like La Vis Dipinti or even the surprisingly tasty Hess Pinot Gris, but I would have no problems shelling $17 out for this one.

FYI, I was going to leave the rest of the bottle for my wife but it was too tart for her taste. Guess it's all mine!

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $17
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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