Sunday, May 30, 2010

A-Mano Pinot Grigio delle Venezie, 2008

I continue to be impressed by the wines produced by ex-Canadian Mark Shannon and his Italian partner, Elvezia Sbalchiero. They do a good job of maintaining Italian traditions while using state-of-the-art technology to produce fresh, crisp well-made wines. Although the vineyards Mark and Elvezia own are in Puglia in southern Italy, the grapes for this Pinot Grigio come from the appellation around Venice in northeastern Italy--cool, rocky, well drained vineyards.

The color is very light but brilliant and seems to make your taste buds water before you even sniff it. I smell fresh pears, white peaches, green apples, green herbs and flowers--gently perfumed. On the palate, there is incredible freshness and a fuller body than the nose suggests. The finish is tinged with lemon and minerals.

I find this wine hard to resist right now. Although I'm curious as to how it might age over two to five years, I probably won't have the patience to find out.

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