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Here's an incredible find. A California Pinot Noir that has character and style for an unbelievable price. Belle Ambiance is named for a beautiful spot in the Delicato Family vineyard that's inviting and tranquil. The wine is produced in a style that echos the mood of this relaxing glade. The Delicato family vineyard has tremendous reach is able to source outstanding fruit. Fruit for the Belle Ambiance Pinot Grigio was harvested in the cool hours of the night, delivered to the winery and then immediately pressed into fermenters. A slow, low-temperature fermentation on very low grape solids and aging that took place entirely in stainless steel allowed us to capture all of the delicate fruit and floral aromas that a Pinot Grigio can deliver. Delicate aromas of lemon blossoms, honeysuckle, tropical fruits, white peaches and jasmine flowers. It shows luscious flavors of white nectarines, tart lemons and sweet honeydew melon. This medium-bodied wine is crisp and bright, with a tangy and lingering finish. It scored 92 points in the Critics Challenge Wine Competition. They said "Full of crisp, bright citrus flavors, with a tight acidic backbone that provides necessary structure." Tremendous value!!!
This is easily my favorite Pinot Grigio for the $$$. It has layers of aromas and flavors ranging from citrus and tropical fruits, to white peach and tangerines with hints of flowers and honey. It also has some nice weight to it on top of the mouth watering acidity making it a food friendly option for lighter fare, particularly grilled seafood dishes. I'm stocking up for the summer as this has slowly become my own personal "house" white wine.