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Chalkboard

Chalkboard
2016 Pinot Grigio, Friuli Grave DOC

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Vegetables

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .03%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$9.99
Best Buy

Chalkboard
2016 Pinot Grigio, Friuli Grave DOC

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Vegetables

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .03%
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of white blossoms, nectarine, and butter baked apple with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with suggestions of melon, orange cream, and almond nougat. A pretty and precisely balanced pinot grigio pleaser.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity, Savory & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: white blossoms, nectarine, and butter baked apple
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of melon, orange cream, and almond nougat
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Dover Sole Almondine, Grilled Asparagus, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A pretty and precisely balanced pinot grigio pleaser.

The Importer

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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.