Naked Wines Derek Rohlffs Pinot Gris Review
Derek Rohlffs, one of very few Native American winemakers, has worked with Naked Wines for a long time. He is known for other projects, too, like his highly-rated Bravium wines lauded by several critics and Master Sommelier Ian Cauble.
Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick |
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About this Wine
Wine: 2021 Derek Rohlffs Pinot Gris
Blend: 100% Pinot Gris
Region: Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, California
Retail price: $26.99
Angel price: $16.99
Angels who would buy again: Too soon to tell
I consumed it: February 2023
My source: Nakedwines.com
The Back Label
From this wine club: Nakedwines.com
From this winery: Naked Wines
Wine color/style: White wine
Grape variety or blend: Pinot grigio gris
Derek Rohlffs Pinot Gris: What I think
Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are the same grape, both words mean gray in their respective languages, and the name comes from the grayish pink tint the grape’s skin has. As with most white wine grapes, there are fruitier styles and more austere styles, and this one lies somewhere between the two.
Anderson Valley is known for its Pinot Noir rather than its Pinot Gris, but they are companions in Burgundy so it makes sense they’d do well growing together here, too. The climate in this pocket of Mendocino County on California’s North Coast is known for cool, foggy nights.
This wine wasn’t a thriller, and I didn’t love that it came on a little hot, but it was embraced by our tasting companions who prefer their wines a little more staid than I do. Either way, at $16.99 this was another solid value from Naked Wines.
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