Pinot Grigio is one of the world’s most popular whites. The freshest, most elegant examples come from the grape’s spiritual home, the Friuli region of northeastern Italy – and the hills of Colli Orientali hold some of Friuli's best vineyards. From the renowned Valle estate and the talented Paolo Valle, this discovery is a must-try for any fan of classic Italian Pinot Grigio (or other crisp, invigorating whites).
In his hilly vineyards near the centuries-old Rosazzo Abbey, Paolo uses higher-density vine training than most of his neighbors (a vineyard technique that pushes grapes to develop extra flavor intensity). Beyond the mountain freshness naturally imparted to the wine by the Alpine terrain, Paolo also chose to cool-ferment it in stainless steel tanks. The Valle estate pioneered this practice in the region decades ago, to help preserve the refreshing, pure-fruited character of the wine. And in an exceptional year like 2016 – which Paolo called “another outstanding harvest” – his Pinot Grigio is stunning.
Expect world-class quality in the glass, including that level of complexity that you only get in the very best Italian Pinot Grigios. Enjoy delicate aromas of pear and peach, with a hint of almond. More orchard fruit unfolds on the palate, framed by well-balanced acidity and a crisp, refreshing texture. This bona-fide crowd pleaser (and stylish aperitif) will be outstanding with lightly grilled shellfish, sushi and sashimi, or a bowl of traditional northern Italian seafood risotto.
This Pinot Grigio is so good, we call it “the Santa Margherita beater” – but you’ll be the judge of that. At today’s price, it’s certainly a much better value.
A perennial Favorite, with a habit of selling out. Hurry for your share of the ultra-fresh 2016.