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Wine of the Week

By Dave Buchanan

OK, it's got to be spring somewhere, so in celebration (it's rainy and windy here in Grand Junction) we're trying two new ready-for-spring releases from the Woodbridge line of Robert Mondavi.

This is the line of wines Mondavi created in 30 years ago to bring everyday, affordable wines to the American table. You can read an interesting history of Woodbridge here.

The first of my two samples is the 2009 California Pinot Grigio ($7.99 SRP) with hints of citrus and plenty of acidity to match well with summer-type meals. According to a press release accompanying the wines, the grapes for the Pinot Grigio were harvested both from the Lodi AVA and vineyards to the north.

The release also says an "aroma-enhancing yeast strain" was used to bring out the citrus notes. The release doesn't which strain, which is good since I wouldn't know whether to agree or not, but there is a reference file here if you want to know more about yeasts.

The second Woodbridge selection is the 2009 Sauvignon Blanc ($7.99 SRP) and I was a bit disappointed in how light ("delicate" is how the release puts it) the wine's character was. Sauvignon Blancs usually come in two distinct styles - the big grassy style familiar in New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs and the citrusy, tropical fruit notes of most California SBs.

The Mondavi is sort of mid-style, which might please both camps but left me a bit confused as to which style this wine preferred. Or maybe it preferred neither.

Both of these pocketbook-friendly wines are perfect for mid-afternoon sipping on the deck, and since both are relatively low in alcohol (the SB is 12.5 percent and the Pinot Grigio is 12 percent) you can have a glass or two and still be able to finish painting the front porch.


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