2011 Ermacora Pinot Grigio Colli Orientali del Friuli

SKU #1109570

This is no lightweight,simplistic, slightly-more-interesting-than-San Pelligrino version of Pinot Grigio, like so many on the market these days. Pinot Grigio is a grape that gets ripe, has body and depth to it, and when grown in a spectacular location by knowledgeable farmers, you can really get intense flavors and superb richness. The Ermacora is proof. The 2011 Pinot Grigio is really exciting: the richness is perfectly balanced, making the wine supple and round, yet fresh, vibrant and compelling. (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/31/2012  | Send Email
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This is, perhaps, one of the best Pinot Grigios that I have ever tasted. Lush, rich, ripe apricot to Arkansas Black Apple aromas and flavors abound in this wine, which is underscored by slate-like minerality and a mouthwatering acidity. This is a great white wine at a ridiculously low price that shouldn’t be ignored. This Super Gem will be one of our house whites, according to Rizzo, for however long it is around. 13.5% ABV
Drink from 2012 to 2016

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/28/2012  | Send Email
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Yes! They’re back and better than ever. Last year I fell in love with these special wines from Ermacora. Everywine from them had such dramatic aromatics, concentration, balance and intrigue. Thankfully it was no fluke that the wines were so good across the board! This is the Pinot Grigio that you have once and it changes your mind about the grape and sets you off on a path to try and find something this good ever again! Seriously the most interesting, rich, flavorful, exotic Pinot Grigio I have had in years. Wonderful tropical, floral nose. Zesty citrus fruits with riper tropical undertones. Exuberant palate weight and texture, fresh, balanced, clean. Seriously delicious!
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Varietal:

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.
Country:

Italy

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Friuli-Venezia-Giulia