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Plozner Pinot Grigio 2003

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

    The Pinot Grigio grapes are characterized by a rather dark color: thus, vinification occurs without skin maceration, resulting in the wine's intense straw yellow hue.

    The elegant, fragrant bouquet is characterfully Friulian, quite distinct from other Pinot Gris varietals: very fresh and appealing, reminiscent of apples and exotic fruits, in time it takes on pleasant nuances of dried fruit & hay; good body, full, mellow flavors, balanced and elegant.

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    Plozner

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    Plozner, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
    A noted California wine-maker once remarked that Plozner was among the most advanced, hi-tech wineries he had seen anywhere in the world. Lisio Plozner, the owner, started out as an inventor/industrialist who was homesick for his farming origins. Once his many Europe-wide successes and patents had earned him enough money to invest in Friulian soil - around the year 1970 - he bought a few acres of... rocks and stones, in Grave del Friuli.

    This is the region's largest DOC zone, and fast becoming one of Italy's new star appellations. Its name refers to the gravelly alluvial soil, conducive to some of the country's most impressive whites, yet also the home of outstanding reds: soft, fruity and graceful, exquisitely feminine in style.

    Plozner is located in one of its most privileged areas, whose amazing rocky, unwieldy soil is instrumental for extract and style. The property now covers a total of 240 acres, 136 of which under vine - yielding an average 65,000 cases yearly. An extraordinary terrain, combined with the resourceful Lisio's avant-garde technology, the expert management of his daughter Valeria, and Francesco Visentin's wine-making skills, show Grave del Friuli at its best.

    Friuli-Venezia Giulia

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    The source of some of Italy’s best and most distinctive white wines, Friuli-Venezia Giulia is where Italian, Germanic and Slavic cultures converge. The styles of wines produced in this region of Italy's far north-east reflect this merging of cultures. Often shortened to just “Friuli,” the area is divided into many distinct subzones, including Friuli Grave, Colli Orientali del Friuli, Collio Goriziano and Carso. The flat valley of Friuli Grave is responsible for a large proportion of the region’s wine production, particularly the approachable Pinot grigio and the popular Prosecco. The best vineyard locations are often on hillsides, as in Colli Orientali del Friuli or Collio. In general, Friuli boasts an ideal climate for viticulture, with warm sunny days and chilly nights, which allow grapes to ripen slowly and evenly.

    In Colli Orientali, the specialty is crisp, flavorful white wine made from indigenous varieities like Friulano (formerly known as Tocai Friulano), Ribolla gialla and Malvasia Istriana.

    Red wines, though far less common here, can be quite good, especially when made from the deeply colored, rustic Refosco variety. In Collio Goriziano, which abutts Slovenia, many of the same varieties are planted. International varieties like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc are also common, but they tend to be Loire-like in style with herbaceous character and mellow tannins. Carso’s star grape is the red Teranno, notable for being rich in iron content and historically consumed for health purposes. It has an earthy, meaty profile and is often confused with the distinct variety Refosco.

    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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