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Episode 06: RagApple Lassie 2006 Pinot Gris

North Carolina Wine TV Review:
With Pinot Gris grapes grown in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley the 2006 RagApple Lassie has slight aromas of tropical fruit that are masked by too much oak treatment during the aging process. This wine lacks a strong flavor profile mainly due to a lack of acidity and balance. This wine isn’t bad as much as it is lacking in flavor, a solid cooking wine, is over priced at $14 and would not recommend that you purchase.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

according to the North Carolina Wine Ratings Scale

About RagApple Lassie 2006 Pinot Gris (from the winery):
Rich, fruity, aromas of pineapple, fresh figs, honey and vanilla. Full bodied classic Alsatian style with lots of vanilla and light toast, having good acidity and a long, lingering finish.

About RagApple Lassie Vineyards (from the winery):
My namesake, The RagApple Lassie Vineyard, happily grows in the small Yadkin County town of Boonville, North Carolina, located about 25 miles northwest of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and just under the western gaze of Pilot Mountain (to you Andy Griffith fans, this is Mount Pilot). Vineyards are not new to North Carolina, in fact, 150 years ago, North Carolina produced more grapes than all other states combined. However, the grapes grown at the time were Concords and they did not survive the interruptions caused by World War I and Prohibition. Once again vineyards are flourishing in North Carolina, particularly in Yadkin and surrounding counties. This is no surprise because elevations of approximately 1,200 feet, soil composition and microclimates of the protected river basin make this area one of the best for producing quality wine grapes.

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6 Responses to “Episode 06: RagApple Lassie 2006 Pinot Gris”

  1. good girl says:

    good show…

    your liver is on your right side…upper quad…just sayin’ because I’ve seen you point to your liver on your left twice.

    and, as we all now know, a glass of wine a night is actually probably GOOD for you…so don’t think of it as burning out your livers, but that you are decreasing your heart attack chances!!


    BTW…I’ve been to the ‘estate’…the building is very warehouse-y. But, we took a hot air balloon ride off from there one AM and the view, the vineyard…it was all awesome…
    Gotta try that if you’re ever out on a Yadkin valley wine trail weekend.

  2. I remember that RagApple Lassie made an amazing Chardonnay several years ago that I first tasted at a Tanglewood Wine Festival probably back in 2005 or 2006 and ended up buying several bottles of. You guys should check out their current Chardonnay release next time you do a show featuring RAL.

    Just one picky comment on the ratings scale – if two bottles out of four only represents a “cooking wine” then that doesn’t leave you much room to distinguish between average, good, and great wines!

  3. Kipp Bodnar says:

    Good Girl – Thanks for all of the tips. Yes I had heard about a glass of red wine a night being good for you. Now if I could just stop at one glass :) . The balloon ride sounds great, maybe we will have to do that and shoot a video while we are up there.

    Christian – Thanks for the tip about the Rag Apple Lassie Chardonnay.

    As far our rating system goes all wines are judged out of 5 bottles with half bottles included in that. So if you look at our ratings page you will notice that we have in total 9 different ratings classes:

    We thought that was enough difference but if you have suggestions to improve it, please send us an e-mail and let us know!

  4. Beth says:

    Tried the RAL Chard this weekend (Thanksgiving 2009). It is “sur lie aged”…loosely I understand that to mean they leave sediment in the barrel to aid/add to the aging process…makes for ‘more buttery’ taste.

    Bought is after free tasting at Total Wine-North Hills (I’m a sucker for free tasting).

    Wine is OK. I’m not good with true unbiased report as I drank over great Thanksgiving dinner…truly the wine was just OK…benefited from food for sure. On it’s own, after 1/2 glass, there’s just not enough to keep ya drinking…but with food-turkey/dressing/mashed pots…its very passable, even buttery, which is what they’re going for (according to guy at Total Wine).

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