Gold Medal, Los Angeles International Wine Competition 88 Points, Vinous
The striking nose of this wine is chock-full of tropical fruits and white flowers, cut by the crisp freshness our Pinot Grigio has become famous for. Drier than most Pinot Grigio’s, this wine is your classic summer sipper. This Pinot Grigio is from Paso Robles and is grown with lots of sunshine, so it develops richer and deeper ripeness than lots of others in the market.
Enjoy with seafood pasta, quiche or antipasti any day!
Vintage and Winemaker Notes
Fossil Creek is on the West Side of Paso Robles, owned and farmed by the Dusi Family. The vineyard is planted mostly to Zinfandel, but has two blocks of Pinot Grigio nestled in the middle of the 33-acre property. The property is located in the Willow Creek AVA, at the corner of Arbor Road and Kiler Canyon Road.
Janell Dusi was born and raised on the Dusi Vineyard where her grandfather, Dante taught her the old world Italian style of winemaking.
Her family’s Paso Robles vineyard heritage dates back to the early 1920’s. The farming practices that were implemented by her great-grandparents almost one hundred years ago are still the standards that she follow today. The unique, hand crafted quality of J Dusi Wines results from Janell’s intimate involvement in every step of the process: working in the vineyard, driving the tractor, hand picking her own fruit, crushing the grapes and fermenting the juice from the bins to the barrels to the bottle.
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A las, I was supposed to rat this bottle but the FedEx demons struck overnight and my bottle missed the sort and won’t be delivered until tomorrow. This would never happen with DHL!
With the bottle shipping to my work and the necessary time needed for it to chill before a proper rattage session…this may be the perfect excuse to call it a day early on a Friday! If I can make it happen, expect this post to be updated tomorrow…as always, thank you to @winedavid49, Ariana, and the entire Casemates team for the opportunity!
@rjquillin Thank you!!
Wine was placed in my office fridge upon receipt at 0945.
Initial PnP is represented in a photo I will try and post momentarily (I’m on mobile)
Floral on the nose. Certainly on the drier side but with refreshing acidity, Definitely not sweet. White nectarine flavor with a bit of pear. I can see this opening up nicely in the next hour…but aging a couple years nicely!
Very refreshing and at this price point, a no brainer for anyone throwing a summer BBQ or Labor Day picnic and needing a crowd pleaser.
We were ratted!
Picked up the package today, got home and popped the bottle into the fridge to cool down a bit. Popped (well, “screwed”) and poured a taste an hour later. Bottle a bit cool to the touch, but not cold.
First impressions: no grass/veggie! Yay!
First sniff: there is something there (unlike our last experience). I though kinda peachy, SWMBO thought something somewhat fruity. We finally agreed it smells like white grapes (in a good way).
First sip: tart! Which we both like. This is really dry. Heavy mouth feel, and rather light flavor profile. After a swallow, no unpleasant aftertaste. With a little air, the aromas became somewhat more pronounced.
Haven’t tried it yet later on, but we think any colder might take away some of the appeal.
Summer sipper? Oh, yes!
Josh Raynolds, September 2018 88 points
Bright straw color. Fresh lemon, pear and honeydew melon on the nose and in the mouth. Silky and open-knit, showing good clarity and a touch of warmth on the supple finish, which echoes the melon note.
I was going to pass on this, as I’m in good shape for whites, thanks to casemates. And money tight. But then I thought, hmmmm.
Looking back, in our limited wine tasting experience, it seems the wines we most took too, especially for simple drinking on it’s own, was Pinot Gris/Grigio. Most wines we taste, we have a discussion, and my wife leaves it to me to handle the cost/benefit decision of whether to get the wine again. But after tasting the Goodfellow Pinot Gris, she just told me, “Get more of this.” She didn’t want to hear about the price. Only time that’s ever happened.
Now, Pinot Grigio is often a budget wine and hence has that reputation. (Although you can make fantastic and expensive PGs.) If you’re trying to wow your friends at dinner, you bring a Burgundy or something, not a Pinot Grigio. I wonder if that’s rubbing off on me. Maybe I should let go my prejudices and insecurities, my craving for the wine adulation of the masses, and get the wine that will probably be my wife’s favorite of the year. After all, my Onesta GB, Alysian SB, and Anne Amie PB will all hold up until next year (easy), while we dive into this.
Okay, did that, nifty-thorough-ladybug. Thanks for listening while I worked through my issues. You guys are always great. Always there for me.
Hi Casemates wine shoppers,
I just wanted to say Hello and tell you that this Pinot Grigio is From Paso Robles and full of all that Paso Robles sunshine, so it has a little more body than a lot of other Pinot Grigios. It’s light, crisp and fresh and perfect for the current season (although, it’s a fan favorite all year long!).
Please let me know if you have questions, but I am sure you will all love it!!!
@JDusiWines thanks for Checking in Janell. Would you mind mentioning what other wineries your vineyards sources for on a regular basis? if i recall, you have some of the most sought after vineyards on the central coast.
@Winedavid49 Absolutely! We are grape farmers and still sell 80% of our grapes to other wineries such as Ridge, Turley, Tobin James, McPrice Myers and I keep about 20% of our our grapes. As we are known for old Vine Zinfandel, this is the only white wine that I make! Enjoy!!
My wife liked the previous vintage that was sold on Casemates (2016). I’m not much of a Pinot Grigio fan, so I honestly don’t remember trying this, but SWMBO told me to order a case of this. Sold…in for a case.