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Boscaini La Cros Pinot Grigio 2002

Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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    Winemaker Notes

    Style: aromatic bouquet; harmonious, fresh, with good acidity. Serving Suggestions: shell-fish, red snapper, blue fish, trout; pasta in cream sauce; poultry.

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    Paolo Boscaini

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    Paolo Boscaini, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
    The viticultural history of the Boscaini family began long ago, in 1772, and proceeded at the same pace as the evolution of Veronese viticulture. From the original vineyard and cantina in the hills of Torbe in Valpolicella, the family has continued to acquire vineyards and today the family owns or manages 140 hectares of prime vineyards in the classico zones of the Triveneto. The Boscaini winery is specialized in the production of high quality wines from this region, and works with both indigenous and international grape varieties.    Dario Boscaini is a man of the soil. The Boscaini concept is simple yet profound. Great wine can only come from great vineyards. This is the principle upon which the Boscaini family has been buying and selecting land for over 200 years. True to the family philosophy, Dario Boscaini began selecting vineyards from the most renowned viticultural areas known as "microareas" over 30 years ago, with the intent of producing top-quality, unique wines.

    Trentino-Alto Adige

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    A mountainous northern Italian region heavily influenced by German culture, Trentino-Alto Adige is actually made up of two separate but similar regions: Alto Adige and Trentino.

    Trentino, the southern half, is primarily Italian-speaking and largely responsible for the production of non-native, international grapes. There is a significant quantity of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Merlot produced. But Trentino's native and most unique red variety, Teroldego, while still rare, is gaining popularity. It produces a deeply colored red wine rich in wild blackberry, herb, coffee and cocoa.

    The rugged terrain of German-speaking Alto Adige (also referred to as Südtirol) focuses on small-scale viticulture, with great value is placed on local varieties, though international varieties have been widely planted since the 1800s. Sheltered by the Alps from harsh northerly winds, many of the best vineyards are at extreme altitude on steep slopes to increase sunlight exposure. Dominant red varieties include the bold, herbaceous Lagrein and delicate, strawberry-kissed Schiava, in addition to some Pinot Nero. The primary white grapes are Pinot Grigio, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc, as well as smaller plantings of Sauvignon Blanc, Müller Thurgau, and others. These tend to be bright and refreshing with crisp acidity and just the right amount of texture. Some of the highest quality Pinot Grigio in Italy is made here.

    Pinot Gris/Grigio

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    One grape variety with two very distinct personas, Pinot Gris in France is rich, round, and aromatic, while Pinot Grigio in Italy is simple, crisp, and refreshing. In Italy, Pinot Grigio is grown in the mountainous regions of Trentino, Friuli, and Alto Adige in the northeast. In France it reaches its apex in Alsace. Pinots both “Gris” and “Grigio” are produced successfully in Oregon's Willamette Valley as well as parts of California, and are widely planted throughout central and eastern Europe.

    In the Glass

    Pinot Gris is naturally low in acidity, so full ripeness is necessary to achieve and showcase its signature flavors and aromas of stone fruit, citrus, honeysuckle, pear, and almond skin. Alsatian styles are aromatic, richly textured and often relatively high in alcohol. As Pinot Grigio in Italy, the style is much more subdued, light, simple, and easy to drink.

    Perfect Pairings

    Alsace is renowned for its potent food–pork, foie gras, and charcuterie. With its viscous nature, Pinot Gris fits in harmoniously with these heavy hitters. Pinot Grigio, on the other hand, with its lean, crisp, citrusy freshness, works better with simple salads, a wide range of seafood, and subtle chicken dishes.

    Sommelier Secret

    Outside of France and Italy, the decision by the producer whether to label as “Gris” or “Grigio” serves as a strong indicator as to the style of wine in the bottle—the former will typically be a richer, more serious rendition while the latter will be bright, fresh, and fun.

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