Full Review

Maddalena

Maddalena
2015 Estate Reserve, Pinot Grigio, Monterey

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$15
Best Buy

Maddalena
2015 Estate Reserve, Pinot Grigio, Monterey

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9%
Light silvery amber color. Creamy, yeasty aromas and flavors of peach yogurt, apples in creme fraiche, and cashew butter on sourdough english muffin with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish that presents notes of nectarine skin and spiced nuts with a suggestion of oak flavor. A supple, complex and savory pinot grigio that will shine at the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Savory
Aroma Aroma: peach yogurt, apples in creme fraiche, and cashew butter on sourdough English muffin
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of nectarine skin and spiced nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Empanadas, Planked Walleye Pike , Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A supple, complex and savory pinot grigio that will shine at the table.

The Producer or Importer

Riboli Family Wine Estates

The Producer or  Importer
737 Lamar Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
USA
1 323-330-8720

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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.