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St. Pauls Pinot Grigio 2011

Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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13% ABV

Winemaker Notes

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

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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 large volumes of wine made from non-native grapes. There is a significant quantity of Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio produced here, and Merlot is common as well.

The rugged terrain of German-speaking Alto Adige (also referred to as Südtirol) is more focused on smaller-scale viticulture, and greater value is placed on local varieties, though international varieties are widely planted as well. Sheltered by the Alps from harsh northerly winds, many of the best vineyards are planted at extreme altitude 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, and others. 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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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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