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Russiz Pinot Grigio 2009

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Color: White
Varietal: Pinot Grigio
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Snooth User: dalluva
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3.50 5
06/18/2011

From my online review of Russiz Pinot Grigio 2009 at http://www.dalluva.com/wine-journal/5-italian-wines-that-know-how-to-party/ I must admit, most Italian Pinot Grigio wines are too light bodied and haven’t impressed me – until now. This one knocked my socks off. Russiz Superiore is a big producer in the Collio Goriziano DOC zone (Collio for short), way up in the northeast corner of Italy in the province of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. They make a gaggle of mono-varietal wines that are quite good, but my favorite is their Collio Pinot Grigio 2009. Take a sniff of this wine and young red apples, bosc pears and carnation flowers immediately hit you. I’m content just to enjoy the nose on this wine, but it invites you in for much more. On the palate you’ll find all that fruit, plus honeydew melon and a tartness of lime that give it a crisp flavor that pairs wonderfully with summer food fare. One thing you’ll note with this wine, and most Friuli wines, is the significant minerality. The growing region was submerged in the Mediterranean in ancient times, and the soil today has layers of limestone, sandstone and clay that pleasantly come through on the palate. Pinot Grigio is super-easy for pairing with food. If you’re frying or grilling shrimp, fish, or chicken, this vino is the bomb. I use Russiz Pinot Grigio as a perfect pairing for pre-dinner antipasto – roasted red peppers, bresaola, mild and creamy cheeses, marinated artichokes. Pair it with gnocchi con pesto or any pasta dish with clams or mussels, it’s a great alternative to Ligurian white wines (which also love to party). If you’re a Pinot Grigio fan, and I know many of you are, you’ll adore this wine.



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