Pinot Grigio is the most planted grape in all of Italy. Their vineyards can be seen in all 21 states. In most cases it produces a light, refreshing wine for everyday drinking. But, in most of the rest of the world, it is called Pinot Gris and in places, like Alsace, it can produce a prodigious and imposing wine that can compete with some of the greatest wines in the world.
Our Curran Creek selection, produced by the powerhouse wine company, O'Neill Vintners, displays O'Neill's willingness to take the time and effort to make the fuller and richer offering. The grape must be planted in suitable areas that produce lower yields. The vinification has to be slower and more deliberate to extract as much flavor as possible. It costs more and takes longer, but it's worth it.
Gris in French refers to a color that is loosely translated to a greyish green. The skins are slightly grey as opposed to most white grapes, which are green. When they are fermented with a small amount of skin contact, say just 10 to 12 hours, they produce a wine with more mouthfeel and a greyish tinge.
That is what we have here. This is definitely a more powerful rendition than we've seen in the past and we love it. The nose alone tells you there's something different here. The floral feature turns into guava and peach, which releases on the palate, adding kiwi and lime to the mix. This is an imposing wine meant for bold foods like shrimp diablo, clams casino or paella.