Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Alois Lageder Riff Pinot Grigio, 2005

This Pinot Grigio is from the Dolomites in the northeast corner of Italy. It's a cool growing area that also produces the widely available MezzaCorona Pinot Grigio.

Even at three years of age, Riff Pinot Grigio is still a youthful looking medium deep yellow. The nose has fresh scents of ripe pears, mint and herbs, slightly spritzy but in a positive way. It has a full mouth feel more like an Alsace Pinot Gris while still retaining the freshness and lift to be expected from a northeastern Italian Pinot Grigio. Very nice. At special pricing, it's only slightly more expensive than MezzaCorona, and I like it better.

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