Veneto IGT, Italy; 12.5% ABV
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 4 May
This wine, with its solid yellow color through the bottle, immediately looked atypical for Pinot Grigio from the Veneto area, which is usually a more pale yellow with a tinge of green. Indeed, as it turned out, it’s more in a Californian style, with softer, ripe fruit and less structure and tartness than a typical northern Italian white. But, maybe because I’m a Californian, I love it.
It’s not as ripe and heavy as it might be if it were from Napa, but its more delicate body and sweetly ripe fruit could be from the Central Coast. It showed typical Pinot Grigio flavors of lemon and pear, some atypical sweet yellow fruit that could be peach or mango, and a little freshly dried straw. Although the fruit is ripe, it certainly has enough pleasantly balancing acid.
The next day, the rest of the bottle left in the fridge dominated by acid instead of by sweet fruit, but that acid was still ripe, juicy, and tasty. The wood / straw was also a little stronger. Although the overall character of the wine was a bit different, I thought it was still very tasty.