Ja, echt. Laatst had ik het er al over dat iedereen de Pinot Grigio lekker vind. En hij is licht, dus altijd een veilige keuze in de restaurant.
Maar er zijn ook 90+ Pinot Grigio’s! Dankszij mijn ‘vriend’ James Suckling van Wine Spectator.
The best Pinot Grigios have plenty of character
Bron: James Suckling, Wine Spectator
Just about everyone seems to like Pinot Grigio. In recent years, the white has become nearly as popular as Chardonnay in the United States. In my opinion, some of this is because the grape type is easy to pronounce and has a little more cachet to it than plain old Chardonnay. But the average Pinot Grigio (and the United States imports millions of cases annually) is light, clean, fresh and fruity.
The big problem is finding Pinot Grigios with real character. A solid Italian Pinot Grigio can compare very well with a top Chablis or German Riesling with its aromatic richness on the nose and bright fruit and acidity on the palate. For me, some of the best come from northern Italy’s Alto Adige region, not far from the Austrian border. The best vineyards are on the slopes at the base of the Alps.
Some of the best Pinot Grigios in Alto Adige come from cooperatives, associations of small vine growers who share production facilities. They deliver their grapes to the co-op, the wine is made, aged and sold. My top six Pinot Grigios below came from cooperatives.
Wine Score Price
S. MICHAEL-EPPAN Pinot Grigio Alto Adige Sanct Valentin 2004 92 $34
This really builds on your palate with intense apple, honey, peach, melon and almond character. Full body, with lots of tropical fruit and a long, long finish. One of the best Pinot Grigios I have ever tasted. 185 cases imported. —J.S.
CANTINA TRAMIN Pinot Grigio Alto Adige Unterebner 2005 90 $28
Wonderful richness to this, with subtle aromas of tropical fruit and honey that follow through to a full-bodied palate, with complex flavors and a long finish. 100 cases imported. —J.S.
VITICOLTORI CALDARO Pinot Grigio Alto Adige 2005 89 $15
Intense aromas of white peaches with the pit. Full body, with good acidity and a long, long finish. Racy wine here. 1,000 cases imported. —J.S.
COLTERENZIO Pinot Grigio Alto Adige Praedium Puiten 2005 88 $18
A solid Pinot Grigio with delicate apple, melon and mineral character. Medium body, with good acidity and a fresh finish. Another subtle white. 1,000 cases imported. —J.S.
CANTINA TERLANO Pinot Grigio Alto Adige 2005 88 $19
Fresh and fruity white with apples, minerals and honey on the nose and palate. Medium- to full-bodied, with good acidity and a long finish. 2,500 cases imported. —J.S.
ELENA WALCH Pinot Grigio Alto Adige Castel Ringberg 2005 87 $26
This is a rich wine with apple, honey and mineral character. Full-bodied, with good acidity and a medium finish. 1,000 cases imported. —J.S.
S. MICHAEL-EPPAN Pinot Grigio Alto Adige 2005 87 $14
This is a wine that sneaks up on you. Not much on the nose, but the palate is fresh and fruity, with peach and melon character and just a hint of minerals. Crisp finish. 12,165 cases imported. —J.S.
BORTOLUZZI Pinot Grigio Venezia-Giulia 2005 86 $18
A lemony wine with apple and mineral character. Medium body. Crisp finish. 11,000 cases imported. —J.S.
COLTERENZIO Pinot Grigio Alto Adige 2005 86 $14
Lots of mineral and apple pie aromas. Full-bodied, with rich fruit and a long, flavorful finish. Minerally and refined. Delicious. 8,000 cases imported. —J.S.
MEZZACORONA Pinot Grigio Alto Adige Kellerei Salurn Tolloy 2005 86 $13
Balanced and fruity white with ripe apple and light white peach aromas and flavors. Medium body, with good acidity and a fruity finish. 5,000 cases imported. —J.S.
MEZZACORONA Pinot Grigio Trentino Castel Firmian 2005 86 NA
Focused and bright aromas of peaches, mineral and lemon. Medium-bodied, with fresh acidity and a lemony aftertaste. 70,000 cases made. —J.S.
TIEFENBRUNNER Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie 2005 86 $14
Plenty of apple and cream aromas and flavors. Medium body, with good acidity and a minerally piecrust aftertaste. 30,000 cases imported. —J.S.
WILHELM WALCH Pinot Grigio Vigneti delle Dolomiti Prendo 2005 86 $14
Clean and fruity with apple and honey character. Medium body, fresh and crisp finish. Screw cap. 12,500 cases imported. —J.S.
ALOIS LAGEDER Pinot Grigio Vigneti delle Dolomiti 2005 85 $15
Fresh, fruity and simple with citrus fruit character and a crisp finish. 19,000 cases imported. —J.S.
BOLLINI Pinot Grigio Trentino 2005 85 $15
Apple and honey character with full body, lots of fruit and a medium finish. 70,300 cases imported. —J.S.
CANTINA TRAMIN Pinot Grigio Alto Adige 2005 85 $13
Very lemony with apple and spices. Medium body, with good acidity and a crisp finish. 1,500 cases imported. —J.S.
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