2012 Scarbolo, Pinot Grigio, Friuli, Italy.
This unique and light Pinot Grigio is beautifully golden in color, thanks to an extra bit of skin contact, making for a cool and crisp white that has a sunny hue and vibrant character with good acidity and a hint of savory spice. This wine was totally new to me, and while not an “orange” wine, it is a fun example of this varietal and shows the Italian’s are not afraid to explore and go their own way, in fact Italy is a hot bed of intriguing new avenues in winemaking, some from the ancient past and some ultra modern. This wine though is pretty easy and simple with fresh green apple, lemon/lime and pear fruits, a hint of mineral with juicy flavors that are crisp zesty, there is nothing remarkable or mind-blowing here, but this is fun and charming bistro/picnic style wine that does everything it should, this is a fine and sold effort with a bit of playfulness and sunshine. This Scarbolo 2012 should be drunk over the next year or so, it is a great alternative to the mass produced generic Pint Grigios and the color is pretty cool.
($16 Est.) 90 Points, grapelive
avail at www.sfwtc.com