So maybe it was the thought of the lovely Italian sunshine that caught my eye when I spied this bottle of Pinot Grigio. OK, more likely, it was the $4.99 price tag, but still.....the whole Italian countryside sunshine thing was appealing.
Vini Cicariello Pinot Grigio del Veneto (2010, 12% Veneto, Italy) has a lot of good things going for it in addition to its price tag. First off, it's a really pretty color. Not a hint of grey. Just light gold. Like the sun in early spring. I need to stop that. It has an aroma of herbs and lemongrass. It tastes of tangy minerals and lime (maybe a teeny bit of lemon, but I really noticed the citrusy lime). To get the best out of this wine, serve it really, really cold (in January in Ohio that is room temperature. OK, just kidding - but sometimes it feels like it is). When it's chilled, it gets very crisp and lively in your mouth and has a medium body (didn't expect that...nice surprise).
It came pretty close to being summertime in a bottle for me. It had to - take a look at the picture on the winery's homepage:
If you like a crisp (no sweet at all here) white, this one is for you. Drink it alone, or with some lighter dinner offerings (just cause we can't/refuse to grill outside at this time of year doesn't mean you can't make 'em in the kitchen). And it's $4.99 a bottle....so buy one for now and one for...an hour from now?
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