100% Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige, Italy.
SRP of $17 and available for as low as $14. Sample received courtesy Cornerstone Communications for review purposes.
From the winery:
"The vineyards on the valley floor of the Lowlands around the towns of Cortina, Marge and Salorno are one of Alto Adiges largest white wine production areas and very famous for their fresh and fruity Chardonnays and Pinot Gris wines.
Light green lustres run through the radiant straw-yellow colour of this wine, whose aromas is rich in fruits, the most striking of which are pears and apples. An excellent balance gives this wine strength and structure. It is dry and smooth on the palate with a pleasant mineral aftertaste. Pinot Gris goes well with many dishes, especially lighter foods, fried mushrooms and fresh water fish.
We're now on our fifth wine in our series on the wines of Alto Adige, Italy's northernmost wine region, and we've still got lots of good wine to come. So far we've sampled the following wines from this area:
- 2010 Nals Margreid Penon Pinot Bianco
- 2009 Manincor Lagrein Rubatsch
- 2010 Erste + Neue Weissburgunder-Pinot Blanc
- 2010 San Pietro Lagrein
- 2011 Castelfeder 15 Pinot Grigio
- 2010 Colterenzio Weisshaus Pinot Bianco
- 2009 Castel Sallegg Lagrein Riserva
- 2011 Nals Margreid Galea Vernatsch Schiava
- 2010 Tramin Lagrein
- 2010 Tiefenbrunner Turmhof Lagrein
And today we sample our first Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige, a variety that expresses itself quite differently in this region than what you are typically used to drinking. And that's a good thing. The2011 Castelfeder "15" Pinot Grigio opens with a very nice aroma of pear, green apples and lots of fragrant floral notes. Tasting the wine reveals a really rich flavor lemon/lime flavor with nice minerality. You can tell right away that this is not your typical Pinot Grigio. With really good body and structure this wine has the ability to age for 3-4 years. It ends quite nicely with great intensity of flavor and very good length. Definitely a wine to seek out if you've never tried Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige! See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.
Overall Rating: 7.5
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