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Kirkland Signature

Kirkland Signature
2016 Pinot Grigio, Friuli Grave

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$5.99
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Kirkland Signature
2016 Pinot Grigio, Friuli Grave

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5%
Minutely hazy straw color. Fruity, fresh, floral, exotic aromas of wildflowers, honey, and grapefruit peel with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a layered, medium-length salted sliced almonds, whipped cream, lemon zest and melon, and shallot finish with medium tannins. A complex Pinot Grigio with an expressive floral bouquet.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: wildflowers, honey, and grapefruit peel
Taste Flavor: salted sliced almonds, whipped cream, lemon zest and melon, and shallot
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A complex Pinot Grigio with an expressive floral bouquet.

The Importer

Misa Imports

The Importer
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Dallas, TX 75235
USA
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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.