Contadino Pinot Grigio delle Venezie 2012

Here is another Italian wine – this one from Veneto in the northeast – to take a look at.  I have to say that previously the Pinot Grigio’s I’ve had were made mostly by American wineries.  Although this varietal reportedly originated in the Bourgogne/Burgundy region of France, seems like the Italians do alright with this grape, too.

Also, for those of you who aren’t TJ fans or don’t have one of their stores nearby, worry not!  I have a backlog of these TJ selections in my wine rack, but I am drinking and will be posting about wines outside the TJ sphere of influence.

Winemaker:  Contadino
Wine:  Pinot Grigio delle Venezie
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  Venezie IGT, Italy
Price:  $4.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  OK.  So you know already I thought it was decent.  Here’s why.  I experienced a light-bodied wine that showed very light yellow in the glass.  In keeping with it’s lightness, it didn’t have a huge bouquet.  What I did get on the nose, though, were hints of peach and lemon.  On the palate, the core flavors I found were pear, lemon and peach.  Then near the end came a quick little zing of lemongrass.  On the finish the citrus lasts and lasts.  Alcohol is 12%.  Acidity is good.  Was there a weakness?  Well, it sometimes seemed a little flaccid in the mid palate where – evidently – Pinot Grigio is supposed to do it’s best work.  But it’s $4.99 a bottle.  Serving a gently seasoned white fish tonight?  You could do worse than to serve this along with it.

Important:  I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

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