2008 Tenuta Luisa Pinot Grigio

SKU #1054206

92 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of apple pie, with just a hint of cream caramel. Full body, with loads of rich fruit and a pie crust and light toffee aftertaste. Great finish. All there. Drink now." (01/10) According to Wine Enthusiast: "There’s a mineral, almost vitamin-like quality to the nose here that comes on the heels of mature apricot, honey and yellow rose. The wine delivers heft and density (which is not always the case with Pinot Grigio), and boasts an attractively saturated golden color." (08/09) This lively Pinot Grigio is fermented in stainless and aged for six months sur lie. Lovely leesy notes on the nose, with hints of acacia flowers and green apple that carry over to the palate. Nervy up front, fleshing out on the mid-palate with unctous stone fruit and a creamy, caramel-kissed finish that lingers nicely.

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Pinot Gris

- Also known as Pinot Gris in France, where it originated as a mutation of Pinot Noir. The berries can vary in color from yellowish to bluish-violet producing wines that range from white to slightly pink. The most successful wines from the grape come from the Collio in Friuli (Northeast Italy), where the wines are light- to medium-bodied, crisp, dry and, because of their high acidity, complementary to the region's foods like speck, Prosciutto di San Daniele and polenta. In Alsace, where the grape takes a back seat to more popular varietals like Gewürztraminer and Riesling, it is generally rich and honeyed. Other successful plantings of Pinot Grigio exist in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Romania, with even smaller amounts planted in British Columbia, Australia, New Zealand and California.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.