Wine of the Day December 27, 2013

2012ScarboloPG2012 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

 

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