Full Review

Maddalena

Maddalena
2020 Estate, Pinot Grigio, Monterey

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$16

Maddalena
2020 Estate, Pinot Grigio, Monterey

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9%
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of grilled peach, toasted cashew, and meyer lemon with a supple, vibrant, dry light body and a silky, engaging, medium-long finish with notes of pear, fresh lemon, and apple tart with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A complex choice for Pinot Grigio drinkers offering toasted nutty flavors and both baked and tart apples.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World
Aroma Aroma: grilled peach, toasted cashew, and meyer lemon
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of pear, fresh lemon, and apple tart
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A complex choice for Pinot Grigio drinkers offering toasted nutty flavors and both baked and tart apples.

The Producer or Importer

Riboli Family Wines

The Producer or  Importer
737 Lamar Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
USA
1 323-2238832

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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.