Full Review

Villanella

Villanella
2014 Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .4%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$6
Best Buy

Villanella
2014 Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .4%
Bright gold color. Fruity, creamy, minerally aromas and flavors of nectarines, meyer lemon curd, crushed stones, and pressed linen with a slightly chewy, crisp, medium-full body and a warming, appealing, buoyant finish with chewy tannins and no oak flavor. Nice, subtle integration of flavors.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively & Savory
Aroma Aroma: nectarines, Meyer lemon curd, crushed stones, and pressed linen
Taste Flavor: nectarines, meyer lemon curd, crushed stones, and pressed linen
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Kiev, Buttered Lobster, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Nice, subtle integration of flavors.

The Producer or Importer

Prestige Beverage Group

The Producer or  Importer
2300 Pilot Knob Road
Mendota Heights, MN 55120
USA
1 651-649-5823

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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.