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Noble Vines

Noble Vines
2015 "152", Pinot Grigio, San Bernabe

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .28%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$12.99
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Noble Vines
2015 "152", Pinot Grigio, San Bernabe

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .28%
Clear bright golden silver straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of lime spritzed peaches, powdered sugar, and cantaloupe with a supple, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length nutskin, hint of spice, and mango finish. A vibrant, lively pinot grigio that will compliment a meal nicely.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Quaffable & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: lime spritzed peaches, powdered sugar, and cantaloupe
Taste Flavor: nutskin, hint of spice, and mango
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken and Waffles, Grilled Fish With Mango Salsa, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A vibrant, lively pinot grigio that will compliment a meal nicely.

The Producer

DFV Wines

The Producer
455 Devlin Road, Suite 201
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-265-1715

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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.