Thursday, October 6, 2011

Gabbiano Pinot Grigio 2010

delle Venezie, Italy (wine review and rating)

Gabbiano Pinot Grigio 2010

Origin: delle Venezie, Italy
Blend: Pinot Grigio (100%)
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: September 2011
Purchase Price: $8.99 (750ml bottle)

Our review: Medium straw in color with tints of gold, this wine has aromas of tree fruit (peach, apple) with notes of flowers and spice. The initial tree fruit flavors are almost immediately accompanied by a strong, but not overwhelming, spicy character, a little acidic at first but quickly balanced. The moderately long finish adds in a hint of almond.

Our rating: This wine has several layers to it, but they're not entirely harmonious. Not a sipping wine, but one that does pair well with a pasta dish, which is how we enjoyed our bottle. We generally prefer our Pinot Grigios to be crisp and refreshing — think summertime wine — but this one is a little too aggressive for us. It's not a bad wine by any means, just a spin on this varietal that didn't excite us. We previously rated the 2007 vintage Average, and we rate this one similarly … though we suspect that consumers who like a bit of unexpected complexity to their wines will appreciate this one more than we did.

Taste profile from the winemaker: None

Winery website: Castello di Gabbiano. This wine is not mentioned on the winery website.

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