The winemakers in Friuli continue to experiment with skin fermentations and the expert use of oak. Nowhere is this more evident than at Vie di Romans. Their Pinot Grigio is sure to be one of the most unique of its kind. It’s incredibly fragrant, soft and plush on the palate and has a hint of fruit sweetness that opens up a myriad of pairing possibilities.
In the end, the ultimate match ended up being Pork Saltimbocca with Polenta. The salty profile of the meat mixed with sage was completely contrasted by the ripe fruit of this Pinot Gris. Remember, salty and sweet is a great combination in food and wine pairing. Add the Fontina cheese to contrast the vibrant acidity and you have a perfect food and wine combination.
2009 Vie di Romans Friuli Isonzo Pinot Grigio Dessimis – The nose was exuberant with aromas of ripe peach, grapefruit, spicy floral notes, toasted cashew and brown sugar. On the palate, it was silky and rich with a hint of sweetness. Sweet peach, orange zest and spices saturated the senses with a slight bitter note toward the close. This wine made me rethink Pinot Grigio with its intense bouquet, rich presence on the palate and satisfying finish. It was like eating a perfectly ripe peach from start to finish but with all the added layers of floral and spice. (91 points)