Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio Dolomiti (2007) Alto Adige

A terrific Italian white wine from premier winemaker Alois Lageder that almost made me forget it’s a Pinot Grigio. From Alto Adige; one of the smallest of Italy’s viticultural regions, and because of its geographical placement, also one of the most diverse. The Alps to the north, which give protection from cold winds, also makes for cool nights. This promotes a slow, even ripening of the grapes that allows for the preservation of their aroma and acids which give the wine its freshness and elegance. Mediterranean influences also stream up from the south and bless the region with over 300 days of sunshine a year (just like Chicago) to help add further richness to the grapes. The 2007 Dolomiti is 100% Pinot Gris from vineyards in Magrè, Salorno and the northern part of Trentino. The wine is a brilliant straw yellow in color with some light green highlights. Nice flowery/citrusy nose. Crisp acidity. Rich, full mouthfeel. Vinified and aged in stainless steel. 12.5% alcohol. Artist Elizabeth Holzl’s photograph on the label "shows the passage of light through a perforated surface, and thus refers to respiration, to the porosity of the soil and the leaves of the vine, to the exchanges always taking place between the earth and the surrounding atmosphere." Porosity, indeed.

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