2012 Blason Pinot Grigio Isonzo (1L) (Elsewhere $18)

SKU #1129181 2 points Gambero Rosso

 2 Glasses Gambero Rosso with an * for the special price bargain  (1/2014)

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Giovanni Blason and his wife Valentina are young producers who continuously surprise us with the price-to-quality ratio of their wines, earning them tons of kudos in Gambero Rosso and beyond. They come from the Isonzo region of Northern Italy, right up against the Slovenian border. Their Pinot Grigio is really sensational, full in the mouth, rich on the palate and extraordinarily drinkable at this price! Very aromatic, with good complexity, length and that subtle elegance that shows muscle and a long and flowing finish.

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Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/7/2014 | Send Email
Move over Grüner! You are not the only liter in town. Great aromatic's of floral and Autumn fruit. Wonderfully round mouth feel and succulent acidity. This is the perfect poolside wine!

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/28/2013 | Send Email
Two things to know about this wine. ONE. While it is sadly true that there is an ocean of indifferent pinot grigio produced in Italy, this is NOT one of those wines. Do not let the low price fool you. This is serious wine. TWO. It comes in a liter bottle. Our friends at Blason offered us this special bottling after we told them of the popularity with our customers of Austrian Gruner Veltliner bottled in the liter format. So, for every three bottles you buy, you get the equivalent of an extra 750ml bottle for free! Buy three bottles today. You can sip a delightful glass of chilled 2012 Blason Pinot Grigio while you work out the math.

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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.