Pinot Grigio

Common synonyms: Pinot Gris, “white Pinot Noir,” (but not to be confused with Pinot Blanc, which is another grape entirely), Pinot Beurot (France), Rulander (Germany), Tokay d’Alsace,  

Parentage of the grape: Burgundy as Pinot Gris in the 1300s. 
 
History of the grape: Pinot Gris was planted in Burgundy, France as far back as the 1300s. It then spread through Europe, via Alsace, Switzerland and into Germany, eventually making it to Italy, where it was given the name Pinot Grigio. When Phylloxera hit Burgundy, Pinot Gris with its original characteristics was wiped out and the hybrids grafted with American stock to save the vines were never the same quality, so crops were left to mostly die out. But in the Alsace region, Germany and Italy, the hybrids fared much better and the grape was able to thrive. It was brought to Australia in the 1830s by James Busby, who is credited with being the “Father of Australian Wine.” It was eventually brought over to Read more »

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  • I’ve been through this so many times before that it becomes rote. The ... ... between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio. Well, there really aren’t any, when we are referring to the grapes. One is the name in French while the other is the name in Italian. When it comes to the wines though, there remains some distinction, though that is disappearing ... Read More

    From the article Time to Ponder Pinot Gris(gio)


  • J. L. Wolf Pinot Gris Villa Wolf 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Colavita Pinot Grigio 2012

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    Candied lemon notes and aromas of honey dominate the nose along with gentle orange fruit gel notes. This is soft and easy going in the mouth. A subtle nutty note punctuates the rather neutral citrus flavors that are rather flat on the palate with no discernible acidity and a very modest finish. 78pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Parducci Pinot Gris Small Lot Blend 2012

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    Aromas of lemon hard candy greet the nose along with a suggestion of spearmint and green pear skins. A bit soft in the mouth, though very broad, this is rather mouth filling with subtle flavors of raw nut meats, green apples and citrus pith along with a little cooked fruit character. Easy drinking with a very modest finish, this smells better t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Oxford Landing Estates Pinot Grigio South Australia 2013

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    A bit reduced on the nose though with air this reveals twiggy herbal and juicy red apple aromas with a touch of fig on the nose. A touch sweet on entry, there is enough acidity to keep this live.y on the palate but that touch of sugar remains obvious, a decided plus for some consumers. This is a bit of a simple wine with fresh apple fruit and a ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Da Luca Pinot Grigio 2012

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    Fairly neutral on the nose with pithy citrus aromas, hints of pistachio, and some raw green herbal notes. Bright and juicy in the mouth, this does deliver some attractive citrus fruit and pith flavors early on the palate and reverts to that hint of pistachio and pithy character with a hint of honey on the backend through the modest if clean and... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Alois Lageder 'Riff' Pinot Grigio 2012

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    Perfumed on the nose with gentle dried floral and apple skin notes along with hints of chestnut and dried lemon peel. Round in the mouth without much detail while delivering polleny orchard fruit flavors. There's enough acid here and some mineral note but this is rather boring if cleanly made. 85pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Hoyt Family Vineyards Pinot Grigio California 2011

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    Dried herb and leafy notes greets the nose joined by aromas of sweet candied grape, honey, old wood, a hint of forest floor and lovely nuanced floral aromas. Small scaled and bright in the mouth, this is driven by acids that keep the palate fresh even if the fruit has a dried edge to it, slightly spricotty and with a hint of fig and dried herb o... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Kenwood Vineyards Pinot Gris 2012

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    This is certainly pungent, and fruity though with aromas of tropical fruit leaning towards guava along with cooked apricot and melon it is somewhat atypical. Gentle on the palate, a little swet and with fruity flavors that recall the nose but show nice restraint this is a very appealing wine to a broad spectrum of consumer looking for something ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • J Pinot Gris 2013

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    Tight, fresh, lemony and slightly muscatty with floral notes on the nose. In the mouth this is lighter that you might expect front he nose with simple yet fresh flavors of sweet apple and pears buttressed by gently supporting acids. It's a Iight and fresh wine that turns more citrusy with air and gains a subtle chalky note on the fairly long fi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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