Wednesday, July 22, 2009

*+ $ Cavit Pinot Grigio NV, Delle Venezie, Italy - Review and Rating

This is part of my "take one for the team" series - Cavit Pinot Grigio, Non-Vintage, is a "practically free" wine, but it does rank third among the most widely-sold restaurant wines in the United States.

According to the winemaker, "Cavit pinot Grigio originates in northern Italy's picturesque delle Venezie region... Elegant, crisp and light, with delicate nuances of fruit, Cavit Pinot Grigio is remarkably versatile. Enjoy it on its own or with an array of cuisines. Excellent served well-chilled."

Let's see what we have here...

Color is light yellow, with mild green overtones. Served cool, aromas are mellow, mostly of fruited marshmallow. This is similar on the nose to Franzia's boxed chardonnay and white zinfandel, but without the burnt elements of Franzia's offerings.

On the palate, Cavit Pinot Grigio carries not even a hint of sweetness. It comes as round in the mid-palate, resembling cantelope with all the sugar sucked out. Lemon twist touches the sides of the mouth, twisting your cheeks. Quick finish. One star out of five, because I'm not even a fan of going back for a follow-up sip to confirm my notes. But I will add a star because it is distinctive, even in its mix of not-well-integrated elements.

Find Cavit Pinot Grigio at WineZap.

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