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Tuscan Sun Pensiero Pinot Grigio 2012

Pinot Gris/Grigio from Tuscany, Italy
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    Winemaker Notes

    Light green hues accent the radiant straw-yellow color of this wine. On the nose, bountiful fruit aromas are evident, the most striking of which are pears and apples. In the mouth, the wine is dry, smooth and clean with a pleasant mineral aftertaste. The overall impression of Pensiero is a wine that is well structured and beautifully balanced. Enjoy Pensiero with a wide variety of dishes, especially lighter fare such as fresh water fish, seafood pasta, salads and more.

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    Frances Mayes's Tuscan Sun

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    Frances Mayes's Tuscan Sun, Tuscany, Italy
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    “Cin-cin!” With this toast, the Tuscan sun wines cast their signature warmth and vivacity across any table. Through this line of hand-selected Italian wines, writer, cook, and designer Frances Mayes draws on her long connection to Cortona and her friendships with noted winemakers throughout Italy. As in her many books, Frances captures in these wines her sense of wonder through simple joys.

    The wines are as brilliant and exceptional as the region itself. Tuscan Sun wines capture the authentic virtues of discovery, restoration and refreshment of body and soul. With imaginative front and back labels that are themselves small wonders of art, Tuscan Sun wines bring the deep pleasures of Italy to any occasion. A ray of Tuscan sun shines in each bottle.

    One of the most iconic Italian regions for wine, scenery and history, Tuscany is the world’s most important outpost for the Sangiovese grape. Ranging in style from fruity and simple to complex and age-worthy, as well as in price from budget-friendly to ultra-premium, Sangiovese makes up a significant percentage of plantings here, with the white Trebbiano Toscano coming in second.

    Within Tuscany, many esteemed wines have their own respective sub-zones, including Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The climate is Mediterranean and the topography consists mostly of picturesque rolling hills, scattered with vineyards.

    Sangiovese at its simplest produces straightforward pizza-friendly wines with bright red fruit and not much more, but at its best it shows remarkable complexity. Top-quality Sangiovese-based wines can be expressive of a range of characteristics such as sour cherry, balsamic, dried herbs, leather, fresh earth, dried flowers, anise and tobacco. Brunello expresses well the particularities of vintage variations and is thus popular among collectors who like to cellar the same wine over multiple years. Chianti is associated with tangy and food-friendly dry wines at various price points. A more recent phenomenon as of the 1970s is the “Super Tuscan”—a wine made from international grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, with or without Sangiovese. These are common in Tuscany’s coastal regions like Bolgheri, Val di Cornia, Carmignano and the island of Elba.

    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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