Ca' Montini Trentino Pinot Grigio 2010
Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Only the top Pinot Grigio vines with an average age 10 - 15 years from the finest vineyards in Trentino at the base of the Dolomites are selected for Ca' Montini. The long cool yet sunny days and the southern winds all work together to coax exceptional flavors into this important varietal.
Straw yellow in color, the wine shows fresh apple peach and citrus flavors offset by hints of almonds and hazelnut. The texture is precisely balanced between ripe fruit and acidity, ending on a crisp, vibrant note.
Wine Spectator - "Exhibits juicy layers of yellow apple, tangerine and stone flavors, with a tangy, mineral-driven finish."
Ca' Montini Winery
The Pizzolo family intends to maintain the excellent reputation of the Ca' Montini brand name, a traditional quality wine maker. Ca' Montini wines are well known throughout the world, and are served in the most exclusive restaurants. Located in Marano di Valpolicella (Verona), in the heart of the' Amarone Classico' production area, Ca' Montini works closely with local wine makers to find the best vineyards and technology (traditional in its approach, modern in its efficiency). The entire wine making process is monitored by experts from the vineyard, through harvesting to pressing and vinifying. Ca' Montini produces fine vintages and quality wines for demanding tastes. View all Ca' Montini Wines
About Trentino-Alto AdigeView a map of Trentino-Alto Adige wineries (tren-TEE-noe ahl-toe ah-DEE-jay)
Notable FactsReds are likely to be Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, along with a few local varieties, most notably Schiaval. The white grapes are Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Traminer and Chardonnay. Chardonnay is the most-planted and most revered, while Traminer hails from Austria and has an amazingly light body, but is also intensely floral and delicious. Pinot Bianco and Pinot Grigio are the international players that make lively whites of good value. The sweet spot of Trentino Alto-Adige is Vino Santo- a wine not to be confused with Tuscany's Vin Santo. Vino Santo (which means holy wine) is a sweet wine of the area made from dried grapes. Not found as much as Vin Santo, but still a treat.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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