This aromatic Italian white pairs fruit flavors with good acidity and structure
Pinot Grigio is the well-known Italian version of France's Pinot Gris grape. It is grown primarily in the north-eastern corner of the country and is a good white wine for sipping as an aperitif or with lighter cuisines. Most Pinot Grigios are light-bodied and mix floral aromas on the nose with citrus and white fruit flavors on the palate. The wine's pronounced acidity gives it a crisp and refreshing finish.
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Wine Score Price
PIERPAOLO PECORARI Pinot Grigio Venezia-Giulia Olivers 2001 89 $22
Vivid aromas of peaches, lemon rind and pie crust. Medium to full-bodied, with ripe peach and pear tart flavors and a long, flavorful finish. Drink now. 400 cases made. -- J.S.
ATTEMS Pinot Grigio Collio 2001 88 $19
A yummy, refreshing white, with ripe pear, almond paste and mineral character. Clean and well-balanced, with a fresh finish. Drink now. 4,300 cases made. -- J.S.
MARCO FELLUGA Pinot Grigio Collio 2001 88 $15
Very nice Pinot Grigio, with blanched almond, peach and tangerine. Medium-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and a long, refreshing, flavorful aftertaste. Drink now. 22,000 cases made. -- J.S.
ALOIS LAGEDER Pinot Grigio Alto Adige Benefizium Porer 2001 88 $22
Highly perfumed minerals, with baked apple, pie crust and a hint of clove. Medium-bodied, with a well-balanced, fruity palate and a delicious finish. Subtle. Drink now. 3,670 cases made. -- J.S.
PIERPAOLO PECORARI Pinot Grigio Venezia-Giulia Altis 2001 88 $17
Very ripe, with pine nut, almond, pineapple and honeycomb character. Full-bodied. Lots of fruit. Drink now. 700 cases made. -- J.S.
COLTERENZIO Pinot Grigio Alto Adige Praedium Puiten 2001 87 $21
Floral and superclean, with mineral and fresh pineapple character. Medium body, crisp acidity and a long, subtle aftertaste. Drink now. 2,000 cases made. -- J.S.
CONTI FORMENTINI Pinot Grigio Collio 2001 87 $15
Lovely, well-poised, with grapey, minerally aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with good fruit and a clean finish. Drink now. 6,000 cases made. -- J.S.
CANTINA TRAMIN Pinot Grigio Alto Adige Unterebner 2001 87 $20
Lovely mineral, floral and melon aromas follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with fresh acidity and a clean, crisp finish. Drink now. 1,200 cases made. -- J.S.
ELENA WALCH Pinot Grigio Alto Adige Castel Ringberg 2001 87 $23
Delicious, with aromas and flavors of oranges and flowers. Fresh and fruity on the palate, with an aftertaste of litchi. Drink now. 2,000 cases made. -- J.S.