Saturday, August 27, 2011

Placido Pinot Grigio 2010

delle Venezie, Italy (wine review and rating)

Placido Pinot Grigio 2010

Origin: delle Venezie, Italy
Blend: Pinot Grigio (100%)
Alcohol Content: 11.5%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: August 2011
Purchase Price: $9.99 (1.5L bottle)

Our review: Light straw-gold in color, this wine has rich aromas of apples and tangerines with floral notes. The fruit flavors — similar to those on the nose — have a nice acidic balance, not too tart but not too sweet either. The fruitiness diminishes into the finish, which has a dry mineral character to it.

Our rating: Having been disappointing by so many of our experimental 1.5L wines of earlier this summer, we were surprised at how much we enjoyed this particular wine. To be sure, there isn't much depth to it and it tastes like the generic pinot grigio that it is, but for what we believe to be it its intended purpose — or at least how we would serve it, at an outdoor gathering of friends and family together with grilled meats and vegetables — it is more than suitable. Its relatively low alcohol content is rather attractive in this context, as well. And it has a screw cap, unlike so many others, and something we actually prefer, a thoughtful addition by the winemaker. On our standard scale, we rate it Average, but for our next party, where we need an inexpensive, versatile wine, we'll be looking for this one.

Taste profile from the winemaker: None

Winery website: None found.

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