Full Review

Bella Mente

Bella Mente
2016 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie IGT

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Pasta

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 11.5% RS: <1%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$16.99

Bella Mente
2016 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie IGT

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Pasta

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 11.5% RS: <1%
Silvery straw color. Aromas of lemon peel, dried peach skin, and wool with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a graceful, snappy celery, wet stone, and pineapple finish with soft tannins and no oak flavor. A clean and bright Pinto Grigio with wide appeal.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: lemon peel, dried peach skin, and wool
Taste Flavor: celery, wet stone, and pineapple
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Havarti, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A clean and bright Pinto Grigio with wide appeal.

The Producer

Traveling Vineyard

The Producer
127 High Street
Ipswich, MA 01938
USA
1 707-234-4747

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Pinot Grigio

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Pinot Grigio – aka Pinot Gris – has become one of Italy’s most popular white wines in America. Popular to the point of Indian, Greek and even Spanish restaurants offering at least one version on their wine list.

Truth be told, while Pinot Grigio in Italy can be an excellent wine – though hardly great – the typical version has little to offer save for some faint aromas of apple, pear and dried flowers. As Pinot Grigio has become a commodity, there are now hundreds, perhaps thousands of producers across Italy (and even some in America) that produce a simple, uncomplicated version that has little complexity or weight on the palate- the ultimate summer sipper.

However, producers in cool climates such as Friuli, Alto Adige and Valle d’Aosta (where it is usually referred to as Pinot Gris) do make excellent version, generally from high elevation vineyards that have twenty or more years of age. These wines have plenty of spice as well as richness and offer impressive complexity. Pair these finer examples with vegetable or seafood risotto, lighter poultry or pork medallions.