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