Thursday, October 16, 2014

Winey Tasting Notes: The Empty Nest Series, Chloe Pinot Grigio

dog with wine bottles
Can you see why Chloe is the perfect dog
for The Winey Household?
Another wine for the "empty nest series" that I have decided to dedicate to my two dogs, since they are the only "children" left in The Winey Empty Nest. But, unlike my last entry in this category (Fred's Red), the wine I'm reviewing this week does not have a picture of a dog on the label and does not have a dog breed name.

This is a wine collection named Chloe. The winemakers will tell you that the ancient word "chloe" means "blooming".  But in The Winey Household, the name Chloe means a 7.5 pound Maltese who was our very first fur baby, eleven years ago.

If you can imagine such a thing, The Winey Hubby did not grow up in a "dog" household. So until the Winey Kids were 11 and 7 years old, we were a dog-less home. And then one day, we met a Maltese and the Hubby said, "That is a very cute dog" and the three of us pounced on that comment, extolling the virtues of a cute, little doggie until we wore him down he agreed that we could get one. And faster than you could say "Bow wow," Chloe had joined the ranks.

My first sip of the wine collection named after my dog (yeah, I choose to think they named their wines after my doggie and not some lovely ancient word) was Chloe Pinot Grigio (2012, 12.5%, Italy). I noticed the wine because it had a simple black bow running across its label. Chloe looks great in black - most notably her black velvet collar.  She also looks good in many other colors, and if the rest of the Winey Family would let me, I would prove this with lots of little sweaters and t-shirts. But they are in some sort of conspiracy to keep me from buying such items. Hmph to them.

Chloe Pinot Grigio wine labelAs for the wine: the nose is tangerine. Not an overpowering nose. Actually, I'd describe it as very faint. But that doesn't matter because once it hits your mouth, this wine is crisp and lively. Flavors of peach and lemons lead to a touch of honeysuckle. The tangerine shows up again in the finish. Overall, this is a flavorful Pinot Grigio, as opposed to a tart Pinot Grigio. None of the flavors overwhelm the others, so you have a nice blend of sweet and citrus fruit and some flowers.

You'll like Chloe Pinot Grigio if you like a white wine that refreshes, but isn't overly tart. I liked it lots.

We love Chloe in The Winey Household. Both the dog and the wine version.


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