Gabbiano Pinot Grigio 2013

The name of this wine, Promessa, means promise in Italian.  Promise, according to Merriam-Webster, is reason to expect something; especially :  ground for expectation of success, improvement, or excellence.  What a lovely, uplifting name for a wine!  It conveys a feeling of hope and anticipation to those who choose to pop the cork and experience the vino. 

Winemaker:  Gabbiano
Wine:  Promessa
Varietal:  Pinot Grigio
Vintage:  2013
Appellation:  Venezie IGT, Italy
Price:  $11.49

Notes:  The color of this Gabbiano was a pale straw.  On the bouquet I smelled citrus and peach.  A light-bodied wine, it had a touch of the typical varietal viscosity.  Acidity was good, and alcohol was at 12.5%.  On the palate I tasted fairly straightforward flavors of citrus and grass with touches of peach.  I found it a pleasant Pinot Grigio and think it would be good with seafood dishes and light cheeses such as chevre, fresh mozzarella, etc.

Castello di Gabbiano Pinot Grigio delle Venezie 2012

Back to the Italians for a pleasant, brisk white wine.  Yes, it’s a Pinot Grigio!

Winemaker:  Castello di Gabbiano
Wine:  Pinot Grigio delle Venezie
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  Venezie IGT, Italy
Price:  $8.99

Notes:  On the nose I found citrus, pear and spice.  It was fairly light-bodied – appropriately so.  Flavors for me were an abundance of citrus, some creamy pear, spice notes and even a little hint of apple here and there.  On the finish I found a very present bitter grass with an underlying minerality.  Alcohol was at 12.5%.  Acidity was very good.  I can totally see this wine served up with a fish dish in a light sauce or perhaps a nice chicken piccata.