Domaine Saint Gregory is a small Mendocino winery big on ideas. With four different labels each dedicated to distinct international and obscure varietals (such as Arneis and Tocai Friulano), some might be quick to brand this winery as suffering from a “Jack-of-all-Trades, Master-of-None” identity crisis. After drinking this wonderful and well-made wine it can be said that anyone making such an accusation would be grossly mistaken.
Saint Gregory Reserve Pinot Noir is transparent-cranberry red in the glass. It is so nice to see a lightly extracted style of pinot! This wine offers fresh red fruits to the nose, such as red cherry, cranberry and some ripe tomato, and has soft vanilla from great use of oak. Although this wine is very straightforward in the nose, what it does offer is fresh and balanced. Most welcomed was the total absence of alcohol sting, finally an Anderson Valley pinot that tastes like a cool climate wine!
On the palate Saint Gregory is lean and tart playing excellent accompaniment to dinner. This pinot has great acidity and would make an outstanding mid-week/everyday pinot noir. The wine is a good value as well and offers balance and elegance not usually associated with its price point. Highly recommended!