I knew better. I knew better than to buy this bottle of Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio Benefizium Porer from the 2008 vintage, and released a year later, in 2013. I knew better after having perused the store’s dusty, dark aisles laden with straggler bottles of wine from vintages long past. And I certainly knew better after seeing this bottle sitting upright on a shelf all by itself.
Nevertheless, I gave in. Having enjoyed several bottles of this wine at Grotto, one of my favorite lunch spots when I worked on Beacon Hill, I looked forward to a rich, smoky, and generously fruity Pinot Grigio made from biodynamically-grown grapes harvested from the winery’s Benefizium Porer vineyard.
Unfortunately, the wine was nothing like what I remembered or expected. A medium to dark yellow in the glass, it lacked aromas, giving off only the vaguest hints of yellow apple and melon. The palate essentially was missing flavor. And, the acidity and structure had vanished, resulting in flabbiness. In short, my rating is poor.
According to the notes on Lageder’s website, “under proper storage conditions, this wine may be cellared for 4 to 6 years.” Too bad this bottle was no doubt a victim of dubious storage conditions and slow sales.
Purchased at Busa Wine & Spirits in Burlington for $23.99.