Ever since the Alto Adige seminar and walk-around tasting a few weeks ago, I have been making a point to check the selection of wines from this region in Boston area wine shops. The selection, unfortunately, tends to be rather small and disappointing, so I was quite happy to receive an email from Vinodivino promoting this single vineyard Pinot Grigio made by St. Michael-Eppan. St. Michael-Eppan is a large cooperative with about 350 winegrowers and the Anger Pinot Grigio is part of their “Cru” line of wines made from grapes grown in “choice growing areas.” The soil of the Anger vineyard is limestone and gravel and the former certainly comes through in this wine’s nose and palate. Half of the wine is fermented in stainless steel, the other half in large wooden 4,000-7,5000 liter casks, keeping it both fresh and focused on the fruit.
The color is a lively light golden yellow. Citrus aromas – primarily lemon and lime – are complemented by great minerality and yeasty notes. A bit of honey emerges over a bit of time and with some swirling. The mouthfeel is rich but not heavy with a solid acidity and some bitterness. Lemon, minerality, and honey, as well as stone fruits, fill the palate. A long, pleasant finish.
This is an elegant and refreshing wine well worth seeking out.
At Vinodivino for $19.