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Esperto Pinot Grigio 2009

Pinot Gris/Grigio from Veneto, Italy
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    Winemaker Notes

    Brilliant yellow with golden highlights.

    The freshness is the first thing that strikes you. Broad and complex. Clean and crisp fruit ranging from tropical to yellow apple. Spiciness comes out in a delicate orange peel. Delicate floral notes.

    Structured, intense, full-bodied with citrusy acidity and fruity and persistent finish. Dry.

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    Esperto, , Italy
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    ESPERTO strives to help people understand what wine is all about, not just the joy of drinking a good wine, but also the art of it. The joy of freshness as it fills the mouth and the beauty of having a good time and enjoying life as it is given to us. We see ourselves as artists whose canvas is the land we live on, the paint as the grapes we harvest, the wine as our artwork and finally the glass on your table as the art gallery where we can exhibit our hard work to the public.

    Pinot Grigio has been part of the landscape in the Tre Venezie for over 200 years. Like so many things in Europe, it was history and war that brought Pinot Grigio from France (where it’s known as Pinot Gris) to Italy. As Napoleon marched across Italy on his way to battle with his arch-rival Austro-Hungarian Empire, his armed forces brought with them new ideas, new forms of government, new judicial systems and… new grapes. Pinot Grigio found its own in the Tre Venezie. It soon flourished and took on unique qualities that it never had in France. It is in this landscape that Pinot Grigio has become the lively, fruity and zesty wine that we now enjoy on warm summer evening dinners on the deck or as a refreshing by-the-glass favorite at restaurants the world over.

    A large and diverse wine region in northeastern Italy, the Veneto is home to a vast array of different styles of wine. With no defining regional characteristics, it can be a bit confusing to the general consumer to parse through its many subzones, but the patient wine lover will find many treasures to be discovered here, typically at wallet-friendly prices. Red and white wines are produced here, with more emphasis on the latter, as well as the ultra-popular sparkling wine Prosecco. The region is sheltered from harsh northern European winters by the Alps, which form its northern border, but the climate is still relatively cool, making the Veneto ideal for white wine production.

    Much of Italy’s Pinot Grigio hails from the Veneto, where it can range from neutral and inoffensive to crisp and refreshing. Soave, made primarily from the Garganega grape, has a reputation for producing relatively ordinary, bulk wines, but can be very elegant when yields are carefully monitored, with aromas of lemon, almond, and white flowers. Valpolicella is the region’s best-known red wine, with juicy, tart red cherry flavors derived from the Corvina grape. Recioto and Amarone wines made from dried grapes are a regional specialty and can be very intense, heady, and cerebral.

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

    PIN14369_2009 Item# 107585

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