St. Michael-Eppan Sanct Valentin Pinot Grigio 2018
This wine is straw yellow with a slight green shimmer. On the nose it expresses a fruity aroma of pear and apple. The palate is soft, refined and elegant.
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This is one of the best Pinot Grigios I have tasted in a long while. The San Michele Appiano 2018 Alto Adige Pinot Grigio Sanct Valentin stands out thanks to two outstanding qualities: the pure brightness of its aromas and the creaminess of the mouthfeel. The bouquet reveals orchard fruit, summer peach and honey-glazed almond. These aromas are presented with energy, focus and sharpness. There are no overt oak tones. The wine glides over the palate with purpose and more texture or richness than you normally get with this popular grape. If you are going to drink one bottle of Italian Grigio this summer, let this be it.
A white that shows sliced mangoes with some cooked apples and cream. Medium to full body. Soft with lots of ripe fruit. Hints of bright acidity underneath. Opulent. Drink now.
For well over 2000 years, the area of South Tyrol has been fruitful for the cultivation of quality grapes in a unique Alpine environment. Within the heart is the village of Eppan where the St. Michael Eppan winery is located and has been producing some of the region's finest wines since its humble beginnings in 1908.
At the helm is Hans Terzer, who works closely with 330 individual growers to protect the quality of grapes that go into each of his wines. Many of these small growers only farm a hectare or two of vines and often maintain apple trees and vegetable gardens of their own. With the knowledge of Hans and the meticulous care of each grower the Eppan wines have gained tremendous notoriety since the late 1970s. Each passing vintage the Gambero Rosso awards its highest honor ‘Tre Bicchieri’ to numerous wines from this special winery. In particular they are highly recognized for the prestige of their Sanct Valentin line because of its premium fruit selection and prolonged barrel aging.
Since 1977 Hans Terzer has been the cellar's winemaker. He is one of the most important winemakers in Italy. In 1997 he was awarded by Gambero Rosso as one of the ten best winemakers in the world and for over 20 years he has been president of the association of the "Kellermeister" of South Tyrol. Over the years he has managed to convince members to adopt a rigorous quality-based philosophy over the years. This road has not always been easy, but with a lot of creativity, a good instinct and a lot of pride, he finally managed to make San Michele what it is today: one of the best wineries in Italy.
Thanks to the creativity of Hans Terzer, the San Michele Appiano winery has also carried out pioneering work, starting among the first in South Tyrol to make wine in barriques. But it is not enough, because he does not lack ideas for improvement. In fact, never rest on your laurels. So Hans Terzer's motto remains: "There is still a lot to do. We have to improve the quality, to get where we want: to the top of the world!"
This “white” variety is actually born out of a mutation of Pinot Noir and shows a unique rosy, purplish hue upon full ripeness. The grape boasts two versions of its name and two generally distinct styles: the crisp, Italian Pinot Grigio and the softer French Pinot Gris. Somm Secret—Given the color of its berries and aromatic potential, Pinot Grigio is commonly used to make "orange wines." An orange wine is a white wine made with fermentation on its skins (similar to red wine making), leading to n orange hued wine with ephemeral aromas and extra complexity.