2009 Vigne del Malina Pinot Grigio Friuli Grave

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By: Chris Miller | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/3/2013 | Send Email
I tasted the Vigna del Malina wines three times before I finally bought them in. Not that I didn’t love them the first time. It’s just that I can only stuff about 300 or so selections into the store, and I taste thousands of wines a year, and there’s only so much you can bring in. But on occasion number three, I had the pleasure of meeting the proprietor, Roberto Bacchetti, after which I had to make room to support his passion and commitment. This Pinot Grigio is the bomb. It spends a few days on the skins so picks up a touch of the strawberry color of the grapes when ripe (I don’t know why they call it pinot “grey”, as the grapes are pink!), and it really expresses the gravelly minerality of this part of Friuli. Rich yet lithe, it’s really just hitting it’s stride now after a couple years in the bottle. In fact, this is a white I don’t think would be very appealing to drink in the first year or so from the vintage. Lot of wine going on here for the price tag. If you have any doubts about the quality and sheer deliciousness of Italian Pinot Grigio, try a bottle of this and rock your world.

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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.