Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Review: ***+ $ Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio, Vigneti delle Dolomiti, Italy, 2009 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Italy is the native land for pinot grigio.  Today we will be sampling a value-priced pinot grigio from estate vineyards at the foot of the Dolomites in northern Italy.


Original tasting and review : This is Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio, Vigneti delle Dolomiti, Italy, 2009, finished at 12.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Clear with hints of vanilla and yellow.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows light, sweet fruit with a hint of smoke.  From the aroma, seems like this will be clean and easy.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact balanced, modestly sweet but with a clean mineral core.  Sweet grasses and clean sugars.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for friendliness.  Best value.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Sweet fruit and light hay on the nose.  Very balanced now on the palate.  Solid, pleasurable core.  

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