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Benvolio Pinot Grigio 2010

Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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    Winemaker Notes

    Made from 100% Pinot Grigio, this is an excellent expression not only of the variety, but of the Grave del Friuli terroir. Vibrant on the palate, the crisp acidity acts as a counterpoint to the peach, almond, and light floral notes in the wine.

    Outstanding as an aperitif, or when paired with summer salads, snapper, sole, sushi, grilled chicken, and risotto based dishes, this is an excellent example of what Friulian Pinot Grigio is capable of.

    Critical Acclaim

    Benvolio

    Benvolio

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    Benvolio, , Italy
    Benvolio
    There is no place on Earth that cherishes the inseparable relationship between food and wine like Italy. So it was only natural to challenge our local winemakers with the task of sourcing wines that reflect their unique, authentic terroir while possessing outstanding food-pairing ability. The result is Benvolio.

    Benvolio is made from grapes grown by our farmers, friends and neighbors in Friuli, a wine that displays true regional fl avor and has a distinctive personality. Our local winemakers spend much of their time in the allows them to select the very best grapes this unique Italian region has to offer. Benvolio means "well-wisher" in Italian. As such, it is our wish that you enjoy the unmistakable flavors our winemakers have selected for you.

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    A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties...

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    A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, The Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river which flows through the region. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

    Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, further from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

    Pinot Noir

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    One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow...

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    One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is commonly referred to by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape.” However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. More reflective than most varieties of the land on which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality, and demands care in the vineyard and lots of attention in the winery. It is an important component of Champagne and the only variety permitted in red Burgundy. Pinot Noir enjoys immense popularity internationally, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand.

    In the Glass

    Pinot Noir Is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and lively acidity. It ranges in body from very light to the heavier side of medium, typically landing somewhere in the middle—giving it extensive possibilities for food pairing. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount), it can develop hauntingly beautiful characteristics of fresh earth, autumn leaves, and truffles.

    Perfect Pairings

    Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon, ocean trout, and tuna. Its mild mannered tannins don’t fight with spicy food, and give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry—chicken, quail, and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, it can even match with heavier fare. Pinot Noir is also very vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

    Sommelier Secret

    Pinot Noir is dangerously drinkable, highly addictive, and has a bad habit of emptying the wallet. Look for affordable but still delicious examples from Germany (as Spätburgunder), Italy (as Pinot Nero), Chile, New Zealand, and France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions.

    WAL450531_2010 Item# 111719

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