Variety: Pinot Grigio
Region: Sicily, Italy
Cost: $9 (SRP)
Winemaker’s Notes: Light straw-yellow in color with a greenish tinge. This wine has a rich nose with apple, pear and tropical fruit notes. On the palate, it is fresh, with lively acidity and a crisp finish.
My Review: Alright, cards on the table time. I find the name and labelling of this wine to be hilarious. I was worried about a sub $10 pinot grigio, but before going into the details, I maybe shouldn’t have been. Seriously.
In the glass the La Bastarda showed yellow with slashes of green. I got aromas of green apple and peach, while in the mouth the wine showed white flowers and peach. The mid-palate was crisp before giving way to a clean finish.
Look, I’m not going to claim that this is the greatest wine ever made; it’s not even the best pinot grigio I’ve had, but for less than $10, it’s a surprising value. I liked it more than I thought I might, and I’ve paid more for wines that I was less enthused with. If you’re a big fan of pinot grigio and take it very seriously, this may not be your cup of tea (or glass of wine if you prefer), but for a Tuesday night when you just want something to sip on after a long day, you can do worse.
Editor’s Note: I received this wine as a free sample for review.