Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio Vigneti delle Dolomiti

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This pale yellow Pinot Grigio from the Trentino-Alto Adige region features aromas of orange zest, honey, and sweet spices. Rich flavors of sweet oranges and peaches give the wine fairly round mouthfeel initially, making this wine seem richer than many other Italian Pinot Grigios. The wine’s fuller than expected body holds up to the swordfish and the pungency of the fresh herbs in Greg’s stuffed pasta shells. This is still a nicely crisp wine, however, with plenty of acidity on the finish to accentuate the freshness of the dish’s tomatoes.

Most Pinot Grigios are simple, crisp, clean and dry, made to enjoy alongside food, without giving it much thought. While these wines are not the favorites of the wine critics, they usually don’t overtly “offend” the critics either. Non-Italian Pinot Grigios, especially from California and Australia, typically don’t escape the critic’s ire, however. There are exceptions, of course, but many “new world” Pinot Grigios, in my opinion, lack that essential backbone of acidity, often leaving the wine feeling flabby, sugary and diluted.

GRANT HENRY

 
 

 

Pairs With Cold Pasta Hot Summer: Swordfish Stuffed Shells with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Price $15

Also pairs well with antipasto, semi-soft cheeses, chicken, mussels, pasta, pork, salmon, shellfish, vegetables

  • Category White Wine
  • Varietal Pinot Grigio
  • Region Alto Adige Italy