Bottled by: TE.NE S.p.A, Mombaruzzo, Italia
Imported by AW Direct Inc. Novato, CA
Purchased: 11-6-2014 Corvallis, OR (SRP $14)
I was really excited to see a new Italian Pinot Grigio at GO. It’s been a while for me. The 2013 Ardimento Provincia Di Pavia (producer’s tasting notes provided in the PDF link) is quite different from my regular Italian Pinot Grigio, in many areas.
Firstly, it has a very strong lemony flavor. (My husband said “It’s almost like wine mixed with barely sweetened lemonade.”) Secondly, its body is very Chardonnay-like (it’s the only Pinot Grigio I’ve ever had with a body like this). So, you have a high acidity fighting with a creamy mouthfeel. It’s quite unbalanced. The wine could be great if it was one style or the other but it seems like someone mixed two completely different types of wines and there is absolutely no cohesion. Chardonnay lovers won’t be drawn to it because of the high acidity/tartness as well as the abrupt ending mid-palate. PG lovers will most likely respond like we have been and wonder what it is that they are drinking. As to fragrance, it’s quite nice…very citrus-y. Color is a light lemon.
Is it flawed? No. Is it drinkable? Yes. Is it enjoyable? To me, sadly…no.