Monday, May 9, 2022

Ronchi di Pietro Friuli Colle Orientali Pinot Grigio, 2018

Donna, my wife, likes Pinot Grigio; I prefer Pinot Gris. Even though it's the same grape, the styles differ, and we rarely find a common ground in terms of style. This wine, from the hills of extreme northeastern Italy, may be what we are looking for. It has the body and flavor of a Pinot Gris with the brisk acidity of a Pinot Grigio from the vicinity of Venice (delle Venezie).

Deep, bright gold.  White peaches, apples. The winemaker mentions the smell of "fresh bread crust" and "acacia flowers." And I agree. Rich flavors, medium to full body. Lacks the herbal tones of Pinot Grigio delle Venezie but has vibrant acidity and good structure without the sweetness that often comes with Alsace Pinot Gris.

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