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2015 Pinot Grigio, Cantina Bolzano

2015 Pinot Grigio, Cantina Bolzano
ref. BOLZ150 FEB16

Wine Variety: The origins of Pinot Gris are lost in the depths of time, somewhere between the present day and the time of the Pinot family's origin, thought to be c. 2,000 years ago. (It is entirely possible that the original Pinot was domesticated from the wild.) There are a great many clones of Pinot covering all the colours possible in a grape, sometimes even on the same plant. Pinot Gris, as Pinot Beurot, is thought to have originated in Burgundy. As Fromenteau it appeared very early on to the north of Paris and, indeed, is still a permitted variety in Champagne. Hitherto, the vine was grown in Alsace under the name Tokay Pinot Gris until Hungary objected, saying that consumer confusion with its own Tokaji was inevitable. As Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris is now responsible for a large volume of wines coming from Northern Italy. 

Wine Region: The Alto Adige is a mountainous, largely German-speaking region in the north of Italy. Indeed, this region was part of Austria until the end of WWI. International varieties proliferate here in vineyards that have been worked for thousands of years, some of which are situated at 1,000 meters above sea level. The valleys of the rivers Adige and Isarco are where the best wines are grown.

Wine Producer: True to local linguistic culture, this producer bears two names, one Italian, the other German: Cantina Bolzano; Kellerai Bozen. This is a co-operative that was (so far as I can tell from their website) an amalgamation of two existing co-operatives, both of which met with success in the exploitation of single red varieties: Lagrein and Schiava (here called Santa Maddalena) respectively. 

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Style
Style:
Dry White - rich
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio
  Producer
Producer:
Cantina Bolzano
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
11°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
13.5%
  Country
Country:
Italy
  Appellation
Appellation:
not specified
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2017
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Alto Adige
  Colour
Colour:
Still White
  Food
Food:
  • Asian/Spicy
  • Canapés
  • Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Salads

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

Initially tasted at 18 degrees C. Pretty, very clear pale straw with green lights. At this temperature the nose has a warm ripeness of citrus fruit, especially small orange. There are touches of spiced pear and a hint of rhubarb and nut. There’s something of a firmness about the aromas. Palate up front is cool and quite softly fruited, becoming apply, quite saline, grabbing a firm grip and becoming much more compact. Length has a dry peppery quality. The acidity is well cached within the fruit and comes across as a little rhubarb-like. A structured wine, direct and quite serious that would be better with food and a touch colder. Will write more later… 
Later… at 11.5 degrees C. I think this is about the right temperature. The nose is refined, with a hint of something exotic to the lemon directness. The palate echoes that exoticism and adds something minerally smoky. Long wine. And that powdery tilth pushes it through to the finish. That and the lemon acidity. Interesting expression of the variety, I think.

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