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Casalini

Casalini
2015 Pinot Grigio, Italy

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$9.99

Casalini
2015 Pinot Grigio, Italy

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12%
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of brazil nut, peach pit and bruised pear, clementine, and fresh linen with a soft, crisp, dry light body and an effortless, breezy finish with suggestions of lemon spritzed watercress and minerals with no oak flavor. A nice dry pinot grigio that will do nicely with shellfish.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Non-Oaky & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: brazil nut, peach pit and bruised pear, clementine, and fresh linen
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of lemon spritzed watercress and minerals
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Octopus, Sushi, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice dry pinot grigio that will do nicely with shellfish.

The Producer or Importer

M.S. Walker Inc.

The Producer or  Importer
975 University Avenue
Norwood, MA 02062
USA
1 617-776-6700

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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.