Thursday, January 13, 2005

2 Pinot Grigio: Italy

BANFI PLACIDO PINOT GRIGIO DELLE VENEZIE 2003, Venezie, Italy, 12.0%, #588897 $11.95

My notes: Nice label.... pale colour with apple peel nose, hints of tropical fruit; a crisp palate with light pineapple flavours and a moderate finish. Stimmell describes this as "full fruity, floral lime and pear aromas - with hints of apricot and lime. And rates it 88". Although this is a well-made pinot gris I didnt find it full, floral or pearish - closer to an 86. This is a General listing.

TIEFENBRUNNER PINOT GRIGIO 2003, Alto Adige/Trentino, 13.0%, Italy, #954024 $16.95

My notes: Pale colour... Bavarian style with trace minerals and an almost imperceptible pear nose. Spicy, soft and dry. From northern Italy, it's a fresh wine and a good companion for creamed asparagus, mushroom soup or white fish. Stimmell's 90 is somewhat high, more like an 88 - but tasting is better than counting. Vintages release January 8, 2005.

To these two my preference is from Argentina: BODEGAS ESMERALDA ARGENTO PINOT GRIGIO 2004, Argentina, Argentina, 13.0%, #620492, $9.95.

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