Friday, December 3, 2010

Albino Armani 1607 "Corvara" Pinot Grigio 2009

Albino Armani 1607 "Corvara" Pinot Grigio 2009
Origin: Adige Valley, Italy
Blend: Pinot Grigio (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Natural Cork
Purchase Date: October 2010
Suggested Retail Price: $19.99

Our review: Light straw with gold highlights, this wine has a pleasing bouquet of tree fruit (ripe apples and pears) with notes of peach blossom. The wine is of light- to medium-body on the palate, with a near-perfect balance of fruit flavor and acidity. The lengthy finish adds depth to an already interesting wine.

Our rating: This is an elegant, sophisticated -- and probably most important, incredibly delicious -- wine, one best suited for lighter meals … or simply as an aperitif (which is ultimately how we enjoyed our bottle, since it was gone long before the table was set). Its subtle complexity probably impressed us the most here. Quite possibly the best of this varietal we've had the pleasure of consuming this year, we rate it Excellent (and suggest you seek out a bottle or two for your next gathering of friends and family).

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Pale straw yellow in color, this wine displays beautiful aromatics of white flowers, white peaches and ripe pears. The fruit flavors extend to the palate which is clean and fresh, with great underlying structure and balance and a long, complex finish that has just a hint of spice."

Winery website: Albino Armani.

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