2009 Russiz Superiore Collio Pinot Grigio

SKU #1066444

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sept/Oct '11: "Medium-deep yellow. Intense aromas of peach, apple and pear on the enticing nose. Creamy and rich, with surprising depth to the flavors of peach, pear and herbs. Finishes sweet and long, with a hint of resin. Well done." According to the Wine Enthusiast: "Here’s an exciting and well crafted Pinot Grigio with nice heft and density in the mouth followed by bright flavors of citrus, peach, pineapple and pear. The wine offers intensity and a creamy texture that would work with seafood or white meat." (11/1/2010) According to Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Pinot Grigio possesses good overall balance in its well-articulated aromas and flavors. This shows lovely inner perfume to match the caressing, generous finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014." (02/11)

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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.