Pinot Grigio 2018
Alto Adige, Italia
This nectar is a 100% Pinot Grigio from vineyards grow on a Guyot system on medium-high and high hills between 350 and 800 meters above sea level. The deep, rich soil with a good content of clay and limestone, originates from the erosion of the mountain above. Exposures range from south to southwest. The fermentation of the must takes place at a controlled temperature almost exclusively in stainless steel tanks, with a small quantity in barrique. The wine matures for about four months on its lees, separately, as during the fermentation process. Salute!
In the glass the wine has a lemon gold colour with green shades. The intensity is pale. It is clear with no traces of deposits.
The aromas intensity is medium plus. Immediately the nostrils identify notes of citrus, lemon peel, zest, but also floral fragrances of acacia, lemon blossom, and honeysuckle. After a bit, a crunchy note of green apple comes out, followed by an exotic flavour of lychee and a surprising scent of sage. The mineral component is well defined, remembering the flint and wet stone. The period spent on the lees has given secondary aromas of bread dough and brioche. While during the period spent in the bottle, the wine has developed feeble hints of almond and honey.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a medium high level of acidity. The intensity is medium plus. The first sip is characterized by a triumph of floral perfumes an, followed by fruity notes of grape, green apple and citrus. The secondary and tertiary aromas are similar to those ones already sniffed. The lasting is medium plus.
I have always snubbed Pinot Grigio, but this one has been a pleasant surprise. Its aromatic bouquet has intensity and is well balanced. There is a lot of fruit but also elegant floral notes, and hints of tertiaries.
Final vote: 90
Price: £17.99 at Whole Foods