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Date Printed: 7/26/2014
Kris Pinot Grigio 2009
Kris Pinot Grigio 2009
(search item no. 105179)
screw cap wine


PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $13.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With roots in Burgundy, the Pinot Grigio grape has arguably found its home of choice in Northeast Italy. The small, pinkish-gray-skinned grape flourishes in delicate sunshine of this sub-Alpine region. Pinot Grigio has reached unparalleled quality here and surprises the palette with unique floral and spicy notes rarely found in other areas. Kris handcrafted Pinot Grigio features a flavor profile as playful and expressive as its label suggests.

Pale yellow in color with brilliant greenish reflections, enticing aromas of acacia flowers, citrus, tangerine, and hints of apricots and almonds. Kris is lean and refreshing on the palate with hints of blossom and honey.

Food Pairings: Recommended with salad, roast vegetables, risotto, lightly flavored pastas, omelettes, quiches and grilled white meats or salmon.

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About Kris:

Kris wines are a joint effort of winemaker Franz Haas and Winebow. Winebow founder and CEO Leonardo LoCascio first met Franz Haas on a visit to Italy in the late 1990s. Immediately impressed with Haas' mastery of winemaking analytics and his painstaking attention to detail in all aspects of vineyard management and winemaking, Winebow began importing Haas wines into the U.S.

Recognizing Haas' winemaking talent and sensing a tremendous market opportunity for well-crafted, reasonably priced "lifestyle wines" in the U.S. market, LoCascio approached Haas about developing top-notch Pinot Grigio and Merlot to be sold in the U.S. under a new label, Kris. Haas agreed, and in his characteristically meticulous fashion, set about laying the groundwork for this new enterprise.

In developing Kris, Haas examined pre-existing vineyards, and carefully explored new sites with soils and locations comparable to his own, in order to plant new vines. The resulting wines, Kris Pinot Grigio and Heart Merlot, have exceeded expectation in both quality and value.