Full Review

St. Julian

St. Julian
2016 Reserve, Pinot Grigio, Lake Michigan Shore

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Pasta Vegetables

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$12.99

St. Julian
2016 Reserve, Pinot Grigio, Lake Michigan Shore

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Pasta Vegetables

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12%
Clear silver color. Citrusy, waxy aromas of lemon flesh, melon rind, and peach pit with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant lemon & lime flesh, grapefruit peel, honeydew, white flower petals, slate, and sidewalk chalk finish with no oak flavor. A zippy little Pinot Grigio with enough character to be enjoyed alone.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: lemon flesh, melon rind, and peach pit
Taste Flavor: lemon & lime flesh, grapefruit peel, honeydew, white flower petals, slate, and sidewalk chalk
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Tuna Nicoise Salad, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A zippy little Pinot Grigio with enough character to be enjoyed alone.

The Producer

St. Julian Wine Co. Inc.

The Producer
716 S. Kalamazoo Street
Paw Paw, MI 49079
USA
1 269-657-5568

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.