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Carletto

Carletto
2016 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie IGP

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Vegetables

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$10.99
Best Buy

Carletto
2016 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie IGP

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Vegetables

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
Silvery straw color. Aromas of ripe melons, mojito, and bright peach with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length lime coulis and mango finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A lovely, fruit forward pinot grigio that exudes summertime.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: ripe melons, mojito, and bright peach
Taste Flavor: lime coulis and mango
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Peach Panzanella, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lovely, fruit forward pinot grigio that exudes summertime.

The Producer

Carletto Wines

The Producer
Piazza Martiri della Liberta 8
Calamandrana,
Italy

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.