Pinot Grigio, Italy
Traditional Vintage Collection
Bottled October 2014
Since we are still enjoying warm summer temperatures, it’s a good time to take a look at the Pinot Grigio, which tends to be a light, crisp and fresh wine. I’ve been bottling Pinot Grigio for several years; it’s my go-to cottage wine, great to serve on its own or with those simpler, smaller summer meals.
Pinot Grigio is grown mainly in Friuli, northeast Italy. Friuli benefits from a unique location between 2 Alps, offering protection from cold temperatures of central Europe. The nearby Adriatic provides moderating influences, helping to further stabilize temperatures in the area. Soil composition is varied and includes stony gravel soils. The Pinot Grigio grape tends to be low in acidity; to counter that, most Pinot Grigio is picked immediately upon ripeness to accent the acidity. It is also stainless steel fermented, and the clean, clear flavours owe much to the lack of exposure to any amount of oak.
This 2014 Traditional Vintage Pinot Grigio is lemon yellow, crystal clear. The aromas are subtle and include pear; red apple and minerality (a result of the area soils).
The flavours are very similar to the aromas with the same pear and red apple. Additional flavours of pineapple and notes of minerality round out the profile. The mouthfeel is surprisingly honeyed, creating an interesting contrast to the natural acidity. Although the overall impression is one of lightness, this ismedium bodied wine with a lively, white pepper finish.
Pinot Grigio is intended to be consumed early on, not meant for extended ageing. Try serving it cool rather than very cold; the more cold the wine, the less flavour will present itself. Even during the process of sampling this wine, I found it much more interesting as it warmed up in my glass while I was writing.
You will no doubt enjoy it, as I do, as an aperitif; with typical Italian foods such as polenta, prosciutto and white bean soups; salads (particularly with a lemony vinaigrette); shrimp.
Prepared for Wine Kitz Ottawa Iris
By Wendy Smyth, Certified Sommelier