2009 Vie di Romans "Dessimis" Pinot Grigio 375ml (Previously $23)

SKU #1165283 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 by M.L. A masterpiece—this is a true achievement. It is aged on its lees for seven months to achieve a rich, sophisticated mouthfeel, with long flavors of toasted bread, apricot and honey. The wine shows a slightly copperish or ramato color, with a dense creaminess on the finish.  (8/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Ballet shoe pink in color, this is layered, with good cut and a creamy palate offering an array of candied apple, almond, dried papaya, vanilla, pastry, grated coconut and spice notes. The smoky undertow gains momentum on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2017. 75 cases imported. –AN  (4/2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Pinot Grigio Dessimis is arguably the biggest, richest Pinot Grigio being made in Friuli today as it is again in 2009. Crushed berries meld into floral notes in this textured, expansive wine. As is typically the case, the Dessimis pushes the boundaries in terms of what is capable in Friuli when it comes to Pinot Grigio. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015.  (2/2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale, hazy pinkish-red; this has obviously been macerated on its skins. Bright, delicate aromas of raspberry, pear, vanilla and spices. Enters full and supple, then shows slightly muted flavors of citrus and pear complicated by hints of red berries and caramel. Comes across as considerably fatter than some past bottlings but without heaviness or loss of shape, thanks to lively acidity. Finishes dense, nutty and long. This needs time to develop a bit more flesh and complexity. (Vias Imports, New York, NY) 90 points  (9/2011)

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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.


Alcohol Content (%): 14.5