Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A-Mano Italian Pinot Grigio, 2010

I've written before about the young American/Italian couple who produce this wine. The winemaker, Mark Shannon, was trained in California, but he and his Italian partner, Elvezia, have bought vineyards in the bootheel of Italy. I've liked past vintages of both the Pinot Grigio and the Primitivo.

Medium deep yellow with bright tones. The label mentions apples and peaches, but I smell mostly peaches, ripe pears and nuts. This 2010 is not quite as crisp as previous vintages and leans toward the fuller bodied Pinot Gris style. Not as delicate or tightly focused, but I still like the broad fruit and nut flavors. And it's lively and fresh enough to make it a good wine for serving on the deck this spring and summer. At $7.95 a bottle, it's well worth a try.

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