First of all, with tonight's chicken, I cracked open an old favorite.
2011 Gray Monk Pinot Auxerrois ($16.99)
Citrus fruits on the nose and palate, with a light bit of minerality on the finish. Complex. Ensure you serve it well chilled; pairs very well with chicken. An excellent bargain. 86.
A few wines tasted today at my friendly neighborhood VQA wine store:
Road 13 2012 Honest John's Rose ($17)
Notes of cherries and raspberries on the nose and palate. Touches of cranberry as well. Light and fruity. 82.
Mission Hill 2012 Five Vineyards Rose ($15.99)
Cherries and a note of spice on the nose and the cherries come through on the palate as well. Mostly Merlot. 81.
Therapy Vineyards 2012 Pinot Gris ($19.99)
Citrus on the nose and palate. Very light. 74.
Therapy Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir ($22.99)
Cranberry and black cherry on the nose and palate. Very, very light bodied. Might need some time in the bottle to improve. 75.
Therapy Vineyards 2009 Merlot ($22.99)
Notes of dark chocolate and vanilla on the nose. A bit of plum joins in on the palate. Juicy and fruity. 82.