Full Review

Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate
2020 Pinot Grigio, American

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: 1%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$15
Best Buy

Biltmore Estate
2020 Pinot Grigio, American

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: 1%
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of lime flesh, lime leaf, and cashew with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a silky, brisk finish that shows notes of white peach with no oak flavor. A crisp, mineral-driven Pinot Grigio with an elevated style.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: lime flesh, lime leaf, and cashew
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of white peach
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A crisp, mineral-driven Pinot Grigio with an elevated style.

The Producer

Biltmore Estate Wine Co.

The Producer
1 N. Pack Square
Asheville, NC 28801
USA
1 828-225-1487

Their Portfolio

89 Antler Hill 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $75.00.
BR Antler Hill 2018 Pinot Noir, Chalk Hill, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $50.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Biltmore Estate 2018 Limited Release, Chenin Blanc, American 12.5% (USA) $17.00.
BR Biltmore Estate 2018 Pinot Grigio, American 13.5% (USA) $13.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Biltmore Estate 2017 Riesling, American 12.5% (USA) $13.00.
BR Biltmore Estate 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, American 13.5% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Biltmore Estate 2018 Limited Release, Gewurztraminer, American 13% (USA) $17.00.
86 Biltmore Estate NV The Railcar Red Blend, American 14.8% (USA) $30.00.
90 Biltmore Estate NV Methode Champenoise Brut Sparkling, American 12.5% (USA) $25.00.
85 Biltmore Estate 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, American 13.8% (USA) $22.00.
89 Biltmore Estate 2019 Red Blend, American 14.3% (USA) $18.00.
86 Biltmore Estate 2018 Limited Release, Malbec, American 13% (USA) $28.00.
86 Biltmore Estate 2019 Chardonnay, American 13.5% (USA) $18.00.
86 Biltmore Estate 2019 Pinot Noir, American 13.8% (USA) $19.00.
88 Biltmore Estate 2019 Riesling, American 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
87 Biltmore Estate 2019 Dry Rosé, American 13% (USA) $17.00.
89 Biltmore Estate 2019 Limited Release, Malbec, American 13% (USA) $28.00.
88 Biltmore Estate 2019 The Hunt Red Blend, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $45.00.
85 Biltmore Estate 2019 Limited Release, Petit Verdot, American 14.1% (USA) $28.00.
86 Biltmore Estate 2019 Estate, Merlot, American 13.8% (USA) $18.00.
BR Biltmore Estate 2020 Limited Release, Sauvignon Blanc, American 13.7% (USA) $22.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Biltmore Estate 2020 Estate, Sauvignon Blanc, American 13.5% (USA) $17.00.
BR Biltmore Estate 2020 Chardonnay, American 13% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
89 Biltmore Estate 2020 Pinot Grigio, American 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
BR Biltmore Estate 2019 Limited Release, Pinot Noir, American 13.9% (USA) $28.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Biltmore Reserve 2019 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, North Carolina 12.5% (USA) $40.00.
86 Biltmore Reserve 2019 Chardonnay, North Carolina 13% (USA) $25.00.
92 Vanderbilt Reserve 2019 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.5% (USA) $40.00.

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.