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St. Pauls Pinot Grigio 2011

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

This elegant white wine has its origins in Burgundy. It has a pleasant aroma, a fresh, smooth taste and is unobtrusively flowery.

Critical Acclaim

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This is redolent of fresh-cut flowers, honeysuckle, melon and white peach. All that aromatic freshness gives it a pure, elegant and expressive personality.
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St. Pauls

St. Pauls

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St. Pauls, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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The gentle hills, the vines, the climate boasting 300 days of sunshine a year: both a gift and the origin of uniquely fine wines. In St. Pauls, one can taste the reverence for nature, the variety of the soils and the personality of the winegrowers. It is St. Pauls’ firm belief that winemaking is something wondrous, an affair of both the heart and the mind.

Founded in 1907, the winery has for generations been focused on tradition, sustainability and top quality wines, all dedicated to the divine delights of our products.

St. Pauls has a fascinating natural variety of locations that together make up its terroir. Dating from the last ice age, the hills with their differing soil types offer an ideal setting for each vine. Ideal conditions for excellent quality, complex wines that are bursting with power and elegance. The experience and sensitivity of winemaker Wolfgang Tratter are matched with the highest quality objectives to ensure an authentic realization of the unique merits of our terroir: complex red and white wines that manifest a perfect symbiosis of fruit, finesse, elegance and minerality.

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 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 but 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. 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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Showing a unique rosy, purplish hue upon full ripeness, this “white” variety is actually born out of a mutation of Pinot noir. The grape boasts two versions of its name, as well as two generally distinct styles. In Italy, Pinot grigio achieves most success in the mountainous regions of Trentino and Alto Adige as well as in the neighboring Friuli—all in Italy’s northeast. France's Alsace and Oregon's Willamette Valley produce some of the world's most well-regarded Pinot gris wine. California produces both styles with success.

In the Glass

Pinot Gris is naturally low in acidity but full ripeness is necessary to achieve and showcase its signature flavors and aromas of stone fruit, citrus, honeysuckle, pear and almond. Alsatian styles are aromatic (think rose and honey), richly textured and sometimes relatively higher in alcohol compared to its Italian counterparts. As Pinot Grigio in Italy, the style is often much lighter, charming and fruit driven.

Perfect Pairings

The viscosity of a typical Alsatian Pinot Gris allows it to fit in harmoniously with the region's rich foods like pork, charcuterie and foie gras. Pinot Grigio, on the other hand, with its lean, crisp, citrusy freshness, works well as an aperitif wine or with seafood and subtle chicken dishes.

Sommelier Secret

Given the color of its berries and aromatic and characterful potential if cared for as it is allowed to fully ripen, the Pinot grigio variety is actually one that is commonly used to make "orange wines." An orange wine is a white wine made in the red wine method, i.e. with fermentation on its skins. This process leads to a wine with more ephemeral aromas, complexity on the palate and a pleasant, light orange hue.

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