2016 Castel Firmian Riserva Pinot Grigio
Having spread itself around the globe, there are some locations where Pinot Grigio seems to be more at home, or better understood, than elsewhere. The Trentino DOC at the foot of the Italian Alps is definitely on that short list. The Riserva wines from Mezzacorona are produced using only the best fruit from good vintages. The grapes for this Pinot Grigio were grown in select vineyards around the village of Zambana. These are pressed immediately, with brief cool maceration after soft pressing. Fermentation separated into stainless steel tanks and small oak barrels. The wine has a light yellow colour, aromas reminiscent of ripe white peaches and pear, notes of mature chamomile and other herbs. The flavours are harmonious with the aromas and the palate is long and full-bodied. A faint touch of vanilla is present but as a spice rather than a dominant trait. This is a wonderful Pinot Grigio, and a great example of the variety as the most well regarded white grape in this part of Italy.
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