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Toccata

Toccata
2013 Pinot Grigio, Santa Barbara County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$20
Best Buy

Toccata
2013 Pinot Grigio, Santa Barbara County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Pale light silvery amber color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed peach and watermelon and lemon soufflé with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long spiced nuts and earth finish with a suggestion of oak. A very flavorful and appealing pinot grigio with a beautiful color too.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Savory
Aroma Aroma: honeyed peach and watermelon and lemon soufflé
Taste Flavor: spiced nuts and earth
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Chicken with Mango-Papaya Relish, Smoked Salmon, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very flavorful and appealing pinot grigio with a beautiful color too.

The Producer

Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards

The Producer
132 Easy St
Buellton, CA 93427
USA
1 805-686-1081

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.