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Pinot Grigio, 2011. Sot Lis Rivis

Pinot Grigio, 2011. Sot Lis Rivis

Item #: L0714W3II
Vintage: 2011
Varietal: Pinot Grigio
Vineyard/Appellation: Verona, Italy
Color: Light golden
Nose: Guava, apple and roasted nuts
Palate: Lovely pear nuance with lime
Finish: Long lasting and rich with a touch of citrus
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink now through 2016/Alcohol - 14%

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The winery is owned by Giorgio Badin who, together with his family, ran the Ronco del Gelso winery in Cormons, in the province of Gorizia. Their goal is to produce fine wines that are typical of the grape and soil, age worthy and packed with personality.

The vineyards are situated on the small plain created by the tributaries of the Isonzo River, which extends from the hills of the Collio region towards the Adriatic Sea located in the far reaches of Northeast Italy. The poor, stony and dry soils are ideal for viticulture. Indeed, poor soils are very important to limit the vigor of the vines and prevent excessive production.

Their vineyard strategies have always respected the distinctive nature of the soil, whose low fertility makes them perfect for high-quality viticulture. The vineyards are all single-Guyot pruned and vertical-trellis trained with a high vine density to promote root competition and canopy restriction. This increases yield per acre but not per vine so they can get more grapes and higher quality. The only downside is that it is labor intensive and thus expensive.

During planting, great attention is paid to the selection of clones and rootstocks which must be suited to their soils. Green cover is planted in alternating rows. This procedure helps to preserve water content in the soil and also guards against too much water being absorbed by the vine.

This wine comes from the Pinot Grigio vineyards planted in Sot Lis Rivis, after which it is named. It is an opulent wine that is aged in used oak barrels to give an aromatic structure that expands the naturally intense flavors of the grape variety.

The harvest is usually postponed as long as possible to take advantage of a particular characteristic of Pinot Grigio grapes, which lose water and weight when left on the vine and continue to ripen, thus concentrating the fruity notes. The most interesting vintages are those with hot, warm days around the harvest such as this 2011 show, which yield a balanced Pinot Grigio Sot Lis Rivis with low acidity and good body supported by richness of flavor. A perfect match with delicately saut?ed sand dabs in a lemon and caper sauce with a touch of butter.

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