Dragani, Pinot Grigio
People are always asking for Italian Pinot Grigio. And not just this crowd, but all over America. In fact Pinot Grigio is the most imported white varietal to America.
This particular PG comes to us from Abruzzo, Italy. It’s region that is situated on the eastern side of Italy on the Adriatic Sea. Abruzzo is a very mountainous area of Italy, which cut it off from wine making influences of the rest of the country. Today Abruzzo is the fifth largest region for wine production in Italy.
Most of the wine that comes to the US form Abruzzo is Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Trebbiano d’Abruzzo. But I rather like this little Pinot Grigio, and it is much more affordable that the comparable Veneto or Fruili PG.
A delicious wine with lots of pineapple, cream and tropical fruit. Medium-to-full-bodied, with good fruit and a medium finish. A very fresh and flavorful Pinot Grigio.
La Playa, Carmenere
We’ve worked with this brand in the past, and in fact, their Sauvignon Blanc is one of our best sellers. At this time I’d like to reintroduce you to their Carmenere. As we’ve discussed previously, Carmenere is not the unofficial grape of Chile. This particular offering is coming from the Colchagua Valley, which is roughly 100 miles southwest of Santiago. This valley has become best regions in Chile for red wine production, typically producing wines of great body and structure, with good fruit character.
This one pours an inky purple color. The nose shows ripe blueberries with a smoky undertone. Good body and finish, with great appeal and nice round tannins.
Prova Cega Douro Red
Perhaps you’ve had this wine from out store before. We carried a couple months back and my distributor finally was able to get it to me.
Wines from Douro are centered around Portugal’s Douro river. This river runs inland from Atlantic on the northern side of Portugal. This region is known primarily for port production, but they do make great juicy red unfortified wines as well.
The 2013 vintage of Prova Cega is made from Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Sousão, and Tinta Barroca. The wine itself pours a deep red with violet glints. Aromas of ripe red fruits dominate with hints of spice. The palate is smooth yet structured with good weight and nice fine tannins.