Girlan Filadonna Pinot Grigio 2008
Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
A dry white wine with a pale-yellow color; clean, intense aroma and dry flavor with elegant body and a velvety feel on the palate. Excellent as an aperitif, ideal accompaniment to seafood salads, fish and shellfish-based pasta and rice courses; perfect with white meats and boiled or grilled fish and with soufflés.
Girlan's grapes grow on the rolling hills of the sun-drenched Oltradige region of Italy, where the soil is particularly permeable to water. Situated on ideal altitudes ranging from 400 to 500 meters above sea level, the soil here is enriched with the valuable nutrients necessary for the healthy growth of sun-ripened grapes. Due to its privileged climate, this area is able to produce great wines, a fact first discovered by the Romans. The magnificent climate and distinctive soil types, as well as tradition and savoir-faire, make these wines ideal for the enjoyment of wine lovers.
Wine Spectator - "Pretty mango and honey aromas and flavors, with just a hint of spicy toasted almond character, follow through to a full body, offering good fruit and fresh acidity. Drink now."
Innovation and pioneering spirit led to the foundation of the Girlan Winery in 1923. Thanks to these two characteristics, the first winery of Girlan has always played a leading role and has taken new ways in terms of cultivation and marketing. The Girlan Winery was one of the first wineries to pay producers not just for the quantity delivered, but also for the quality of the grapes. Today, the Girlan Winery with its 240 members produces approx. 15,000 hectoliters of red and 8,000 hectoliters of white wine. Their vineyards are in the north in one of the best white-wine-regions of Italy. It's a North to South valley and it's protected in the North from the Alps. It is open in the South and at an altitude between 1000 and 1550 feet where the temperature ranges widely between day and night. View all Girlan 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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