Friday, October 25, 2013

Review: $ Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio, delle Venezie, Italy, 2006

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This is part of my "take one for the team" series - Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio, Non-Vintage, is a "practically free" wine, but it does rank as one of the most widely-sold restaurant wines in the United States - some 60 million or more cases a year!

Original Review: This is Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio, delle Venezie, Italy, 2006, finished at 12% alcohol, and first sampled at a full seven years from vintage date.

In the glass, golden yellow.

On the nose, poured at room temperature, shows a (potentially over-aged) butterscotch and hay.

The palate shows that same well-aged butterscotch, but brings a solid core to the middle.  I'll try this again cool...

Sampled cold... dry middle, with the butterscotch overtones receding.  To be fair, this has been cellared too long for a fair numerical rating.

According to the winemaker, "Our Pinot Grigio is crafted from 100% Pinot Grigio varietal grapes, harvested at optimal maturity levels. A soft pressing was employed to enhance flavor extraction while imparting minimal color from the skins. The juice was fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks, and a selection of specific yeast was added at a temperature of 20ºC for inoculation. To intensify the tropical characteristics of the wine, 5% of the blend is late-harvest Pinot Grigio grapes that were vinified and added to the final blend. After settling, the wine was cold stabilized, filtered and bottled under cold, sterile conditions, avoiding malolactic fermentation and preserving the fruit characteristics of the wine."

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio.

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