Perfectus Pinot Grigio
Pinot Grigio in the Venezie region (the Northeastern corner surrounding Venice) has become as dumbed down a varietal as Merlot has become in the United States, a wine for the tourists and not the ‘real’ wine drinkers. We have become so conditioned by the oceans of bad labels pushing boring versions that we have forgotten what the grape can provide with just a little bit of care. Don’t let the tiny price tag fool you here. This wine comes from a well regarded cooperative and is artisan quality through and through.
The first whiff is of soft melon and white citrus, typical of Pinot Grigio but cooler in tone and less tropical/fruity than the typical cheap ones. The palate is where this one really excels, as it shows off the winemaker’s care with a well-structured mouthfeel with actual grape tannins present, something absent in virtually every mass market Pinot Grigio. This gives the fruit texture, added complexity, and a touch of dry extract on the finish that helps it work with foods. If the idea of a Pinot Grigio in your glass has become repellent, this will bring it back into your white wine rotation.