2011 Pighin Pinot Grigio

Year: 2011
Appellation: Friuli
Country: Italy
Wine Entusiast: 87
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
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"Great for easy seafood or pasta dishes, this is fresh, with crisp acidity backed by notes of stone fruit, melon and yellow rose." (WE)

Winery Notes:
The Pinot Grigio grape, a variety with dusky purple skin and white flesh, was the result of a genetic color mutation of the Pinot Nero, or Pinot Noir, variety. Like its relative, the Pinot Grigio may be vinified as a pale rosé (but not as a red) wine if left in brief contact with the skins during fermentation. The soils of the Grave del Friuli, to which the Pinot Grigio vine is particularly well-suited, lend the wine a unique and distinctive personality when vinified as a white wine.

Pighin Pinot Grigio is an estate bottled wine produced from select, late-harvest grapes grown in the firm's vineyards. The western portion of the estate supports meager, chalky stone and gravel soils extremely well constituted for cultivation of white vine varieties, of which 150 acres are planted in Pinot Grigio yielding an average of 3.5 to four tons of grapes per acre, restricted through severe pruning. The berries are gently pressed immediately after harvest in Bucher pneumatic presses and the must chilled and allowed to settle for 24 hours. A temperature-controlled fermentation is then carried out stainless steel tanks at 18°C (59°F) over a period of two weeks. There is no malolactic fermentation or oak contact. The wine is then clarified under refrigeration, stabilized and filtered and kept in stainless steel storage tanks at a temperature of 50°F to retain the wine's freshness until bottling in late winter. The Grave del Friuli estate's average annual yield in Pinot Grigio is 31,000 cases.

Pighin Pinot Grigio is a classic example of the style which has made the wines of Grave-del-Friuli so widely appreciated. Pale straw-gold in color, with a delicate floral and white fruit aroma, it is characterized on the palate by a clean, vibrant fruit purity and superb acidic balance. The fresh, elegant finish is refreshing and subtle, marked by slight nuances of flowers and hazelnuts.