2017 Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio Alto Adige

SKU #1370696 95 points Decanter

 Lifted ripe pear and citrus aromas are echoed on the palate. Fresh, vibrant and lively with crunchy nashi pear notes supported by fresh mineral acidity. Finishes clean and bright. Long, mineral-iodine finish. Gold Medal 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards  (6/2018)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Peter Zemmer's 2017 Alto Adige Pinot Grigio is a classic albeit informal expression of this easy-drinking white grape. The bouquet offers tones of citrus, cut grass and white peach. The mouthfeel is fresh and lean in texture. Only 10% of the wine sees contact with oak. Some 80,000 bottles were made, and the wine offers great value. (ML)  (8/2018)

Wine Enthusiast

 This wine's intense honeysuckle, jasmine and ripe green apple aromas leap out of the glass. The green apple note carries over to the palate, along with honeydew melon and citrus. Fresh acidity and a hint of mineral lift the fruity flavors. (KO)  (7/2018)

Wine Spectator

 This light- to medium-bodied white is round and lightly creamy in texture, with bright acidity framing the pleasing mesh of Honeycrisp apple, ground ginger, stone and juicy tangerine flavors. Drink now through 2020. (AN)  (9/2018)

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By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/8/2018 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is really complex, spiced apple, stone fruits with hints of mineral. On the palate the wine is alive, lots of richness with incredibly zippy acidity that really balances out well. The flavors get more complex on the palate with more baked apple spices that emerge and the mineral presence becomes more dynamic. A long and intense finish (I can hardly believe I’m writing that but it really is) gives a vibrant and long aftertaste. I’ve known Peter Zemmer’s wines for a long time but I have to say this one caught me by surprise, it was outstanding, even more so for the price.
Drink from 2018 to 2020

By: James Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2018 | Send Email
I’ve long had a strong affinity for Peter Zemmer’s wines, but this 2017 is off-the-charts delicious and might very well be their best-ever Pinot Grigio. Riper and rounder than any other vintage I’ve had, it is a bright and dynamic wine with plenty of tropical touches that keep you coming back to the glass. Like a fugue in three parts, it glides seamlessly from one phrase to the next. First, it reveals floral aromatics and then shifts to flavors of green apple, citrus, melon, and papaya. The second section offers up Alto Adige’s tell-tale minerality, which grounds the wine giving it excellent depth and structure. Lastly, the finish closes with a light and refreshing refrain. Regardless of whether you gravitate towards Pinot Grigio or not, this delightful 2017 belongs on your short list. It is an unbelievable value and top-flight effort from a world-class estate.

By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/3/2018 | Send Email
At the end of a long day of tasting we popped opened a bottle of this PG and it was exactly what we needed. It was complex but easy to enjoy. The floral aromatics, baking spice and green apple on the nose invited us into a layered palate. The wine had body and texture without losing the steady acidity you dream of in Pinot Grigio. I found a tension of minerality that tied the more nuanced flavors together. The beautiful floral notes lingered on the long and enjoyable finish bringing another element to the wine.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/25/2018 | Send Email
This is really good Pinot Grigio. It is not Pinot Grigio that is putting on French Pinot Gris aires. It is bright with some intrigue on the nose. Crisp with just enough weight to keep it from being sharp. It has clean flavors that pleasantly linger. A wine that can wash down the simplest or most complex fare or just enjoy by the pool. This is Italian Pinot Grigio.

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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.

Trentino-Alto Adige

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5