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La Famiglia Pinot Grigio 2001

Pinot Gris/Grigio from California
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Winemaker Notes

Our Pinot Grigio has bright fruit character of grapefruit, pear, melon, citrus zest and blood orange. Honeysuckle, spice and delicate herbal nuances weave through the enticing aromas. The dry, silky flavors make it a food-friendly wine, equally compatible with an elegant seafood entrée or a summer picnic.

We make our Pinot Grigio in a style that honors Californian's soils and climate yet pays tribute to the Mondavi family's Italian heritage. For this vintage, we selected the grapes from Monterey County, where cool coastal winds temper the sun and sandy soils provide optimum growing conditions for the Pinot Grigio vines.

Discovered by monks in Burgundy during the 14th century, Pinot Grigio is a lightly-pigmented cousin of the Pinot Noir grape. Pinot Grigio develops a myriad of flavors in the vineyard, as a result of soils and mesoclimates, which has made it a favorite variety in Italy and France for centuries. This is a refreshing wine to sip alone or enjoy with a variety of foods, such as seared Ahi tuna, ceviche or vegetarian spring rolls.

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California

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Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredibly wide-ranging selection of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from boutique to massive corporations, and price and quality are equally varied—plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Coast area, while Napa is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.

Just about every style of wine you can imagine is made in California, from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still to sparkling, light and fresh to rich and full-bodied. Each AVA and sub-AVA has its own distinct personality. In the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other Bordeaux varieties dominate, as well as Sauvignon Blanc. Sonoma County is best known for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel. The Central Coast has carved out a niche with Rhône blends based on Grenache and Syrah, while Mendocino has found success with Alsatian varieties such as Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With all the diversity that California has to offer, it is certain that any wine lover will find something to get excited about.

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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