The weather in San Francisco has been nothing short of dreamy. Sunny and breezy and 70 degrees. So me and an old friend from my hometown grabbed a bottle of wine and took a quick stroll to Golden Gate Park.
Yes, I live a 5 minute walk from the most glorious park and yes, we drink in public because...everyone here does. We just do. Because we are hardcore like that.
We twisted open this Buena Vista Pinot Gris. I've been a member of the Buena Vista Wine Club for awhile now and so I got this baby for less than the $25 that it typically costs. But $25 isn't bad for a picnic wine especially if you want to impress those sharing your blanket.
I thought this would be dry. I've always thought of Pinot Gris as a bit too dry for my liking but this was well balanced. This wine was fruity and round, but limey-zesty at the finish. Honestly, it reminded me of a 7 Up at the finish with the limeness of it. When they say citrus for this wine, I say lime.
But what I really love about this wine is the sweetness that reminds me of the most ripe peaches and nectarines. Not that slight tartness you sometimes get from the skin of a nectarine, but the squishy insides of fruit. The fruit that has been on the tree forever and somehow hasn't been murdered by a bird or bug. It is the first flavor you get when you sip the wine, and it lingers into the refreshing zest at the finish.
The wine looks incredibly delicate for the amount of body that it has. When I see wines this light in hue, I tend to expect a light body. This one surprised me with a nice medium body feel. Just what I like! I'm going to be real, I have no idea what to call this color: excessively light straw? nearly platinum blonde? hydrated person tinkle? If you know, tell me, I would appreciate it.
I almost always love a wine from Buena Vista, and this Pinot Gris is no exception!