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2010 Tolloy Pinot Grigio

Tasting Notes:

Eyes: clear, pale lemon, watery rim
Nose: clean, med intensity, youthful to developing, almond, floral, neutral + vague fruit
Mouth: dry, med+ to high acidity, med body, med+ intensity, med to med+ alcohol, med length, citrus, minterality
All in all: Good quality; drink now.

Pinot Grigio. Who’d’ve thunk it?

I’m not a big fan of Pinot Grigio, and even recently, one of my newer co-workers and I excitedly burst into complete excitement into how we both disliked this particular variety. “Oh my God, you hate Pinot Grigio, too?!”

It’s very middle-of-the-road and generally crowd-pleasing: its characteristics don’t seem to reach many extremes very 2010 Tolloy Pinot Grigiooften. Acidity, body, intensity, and so on, are usually kept in check, which perhaps gives the quaffable and enjoyable quality – unfortunately, this varietal seems to lack character at the same time, which I find happens in many Italian whites. On the other hand, there is a large crowd that this caters to, and that neutral, crisp, medium-everything characteristic wins over consumers who don’t like their wines to be dominated with fruit. These are the customers who firstly state that they don’t want a “sweet” wine, but half of the time I’m confident that they really mean “fruity”.

That being said, I always like to suggest alternatives to people, just to broaden horizons. I’ll suggest a heavier Alsace Pinot Gris, for example, or perhaps a Portuguese Vinho Verde or Spanish Albariño. But there’s no doubt that Pinot Grigio is a very fashionable grape.

My impressions of Pinot Grigio were probably muddled with over-negativity, because I was surprised that this wine in particular was of this grape. Although my mind wasn’t blown, I was slightly impressed by the nutty and floral complexity that this wine displayed, and this has been my go-to Pinot Grigio ever since even though that’s somewhat of a personal oxymoron (ha).

Producer: Tolloy
Alto Adige Südtirol
 Pinot Grigio
 June 9, 2012
 $22 (Liberty)


DipWSET, Certified Sommelier, garbage person.

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