Maso Canali Pinot Grigio 2009
Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Fresh fruit flavor, unique body, complexity, and tropical fruit flavor. Finally, the wine was cold stabilized, filtered and bottled to retain the crisp, fruity character.
Wine Enthusiast - "Here's a very successful and aromatic Pinot Grigio from cool-climate Trentino in northern Italy. A small percentage of the grapes undergo air-drying (appassimento) for extra heft and richness on the finish. Aromas include apricot, tropical fruit and a touch of white almond. "
Maso Canali Winery
In Italy, heritage is a source of pride -- and at Maso Canali, our heritage is extraordinary. The 500-year-old Maso Canali Estate, set against the backdrop of the towering Dolomite Mountains and the elegant Lake Garda, has been home to vineyards since the Middle Ages.
As far back as 1893, growers cultivated exceptional Pinot Grigio grapes on the land. They followed many of the time-honored viticultural practices still used on the Canali vineyards today, walking through the rows of vines season after season to carefully inspect each vine and tend to them by hand.
Today, members of the Canali family still reside on the Estate, growing grapes of the highest quality for the acclaimed Maso Canali Pinot Grigio. The wine is a testament to our history: you can taste the Canali heritage in every sip. View all Maso Canali 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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