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WTN: Hidden Gemina

by David M. Bueker » Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:28 pm

2017 Massican Gemina - USA, California (9/17/2018)
A blend of 77% Pinot Grigio and 23% Greco, the 2017 Massican Gemina takes what could be a workhorse, pairs it with a relative (compared to its blend-mate) unknown, and creates a bright, refreshing, lightly aromatic wine that has surprising palate depth. Lemon zest, tart peach and Marcona almond aromas give way to a citrus-dominated palate that picks up a touch of chalky/phenolic structure. A distinct nuttiness blossoms in the mid-palate and carries though a finish that hints at herbs and peach pit. The structure suggests a few years in bottle will do no harm, and might very well be beneficial.

The wine worked very well as an accompaniment to a simple, vegetarian pasta dish with cherry tomatoes, Romano cheese and toasted garlic.
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