2012 Denis Jamain, Domaine de Reuilly, Reuilly Pinot Gris, Loire Valley.
This steely wine looks like a light rose with a pretty orange/pink tint, but it is really a skin contact white wine from the “Grey” Pinot Gris grape, though really it is as fun and refreshing as any rose out there. Denis Jamain is making some of the most interesting artisan wines in this part of the loire and his whole Domaine de Reuilly line up is stunning for 2012, especially this Reuilly Pinot Gris, which is one of my all time favorite wines made from this varietal. The nose is mineral laced with white flowers and bright citrus leading to a vibrant palate of apple skin, chalk, river stones with cool melon, white peach and zesty lemon/lime. This unique expression is captivating and vigorous wine that is a must try, and while it will be called a rose, it is some much more and very thought provoking, very cool indeed, check it out before it sells out! Another Kermit Lynch Imports wine, of course.
($20 Est.) 92+ Points, grapelive
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