2017 St-Michael-Eppan Pinot Grigio Alto Adige

SKU #1387360 92 points James Suckling

 Ripe and succulent yet delicately aromatic (honeysuckle) and elegant, this is a sophisticated Pinot Grigio that has a long, lively and slightly smoky finish.  (8/2018)

90 points Vinous

 Dark straw color. Clean and fresh on the nose but also ripe in keeping with the year, with aromas and flavors of pear, honey and yellow flowers. The Pinot Grigio finishes long and luscious. In 2017 this is close in quality to the more expensive, top of the line Auger Pinot Grigio made by San Michele Appiano, and that’s almost never the case. (ID)  (12/2018)

Decanter

 Pinot Grigio gets a bad rap, but at the right price and in the right place it can be a more than decent pour. Whistle-clean, pure and mineral, it’s a natural for fish and shellfish. (FB)  (3/2019)

K&L Notes

St. Michael Eppan, the innovative winery situated along the Wine Route, is considered one of the best wineries in South Tyrol and Italy. St. Michael Eppan Winery, with its 355 members, 350 hectares of vineyard and 2.5 million bottles sold every year, has become renowned worldwide. The 340 winemaking families that form the backbone of the winery joined forces in 1907 to create St. Michael-Eppan Winery. Their great passion is the wine with which they have been associated for generations. The St. Michael-Eppan Winery has at its disposal a nice array of top vineyards in South Tyrol's largest wine-growing municipality, Eppan. The entire area is characterized by its multi-purpose and varied soil conditions and wide range of microclimates. Climate, soil and the winemaker: these are the three main factors that make up the terroir (French for “soil”), or the identity of a wine as regards taste. It is in the cellars that the processing of the grapes comes to completion, and it is here that tradition meets innovative winemaking technology.


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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.
Sub-Region:

Trentino-Alto Adige