2007 Benessere Pinot Grigio
Carneros, Napa Valley, Calif.
Spicy Asian cuisine, crab cakes
This well-made, slightly off-dry pinot grigio is a far cry from so many of the bland, neutral wines made from this varietal. It simply bursts with fruit - tropical, citrus, peach, cherry - and certainly wakes up a sleepy palate. There are also pleasant undertones of herbs and minerals. The wine's slightly sweet impression is a departure from past versions, but the bold acidity keeps it in balance. Drink it young for maximum enjoyment.