Today is the forty-first installment of Wine Blogging Wednesday (WBW) (www.winebloggingwednesday.org). This month’s host’s are Jack and Joanne at Fork & Bottle and the theme is Friuli Wines. As you may know, I love Italian wines and was especially excited to have a good excuse to seek out a good bottle of Friuli.
Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine is made in the north-eastern Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia (seen in the image above linked from wikipedia.org). The region produces some of the best wines in Italy which are made from Tocai Friulano, Pinot Bianco, Sauvignon Blanc, Malvasia Istriana, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot Grigio as well as a few others. I’ve chosen a Pinot Grigio for this month’s WBW.
So last night our friend Donna stopped by to say hello and Kim and I successfully talked her into staying for a glass or two of wine and dinner (thanks for coming over Donna!). While I prepared lamb burgers, grilled parsnips and plantain fritters (recipes to follow in the next day or so), we popped the cork on the 2005 Pighin Pinot Grigio Grave del Friuli. I found the wine for $12 at the Wine Source in Baltimore, but it can be found online from anywhere between $11 and $18. This wine turned out to be quite a value.
Pighin has two vineyards (as well as two wineries) totaling 180 hectares (roughly 400 acres) in the area: a Risano vineyard in Grave del Fruili (which is the home of the wine I chose) and one at the Caprivo vineyard in the Collio area. This 2005 Pinot Grigio from the Risano vineyard had a deep pale gold color. The nose was filled with peach, pinapple, jasmine, and floral notes. The wine had very good acidity from the get-go which subsided a touch through the mid-palate and kept going nicely through a crisp finish. I found some mineral/wet stone taste in the wine as well that was quite nice. Overally, it was a great wine- the acidity would be a great match for a mussels in garlic/butter sauce tossed with linguine and drizzeled with some lemon. My rating: 88 pts, VGV (Very good value)
Kim and Donna both enjoyed the wine as well both noting good fruits and acidity.