Elena Walch, Castel Ringberg Pinot Grigio 2016, Alto Adige, Italy
Tasting Note: A pinot grigio from the Alto Adige region of Italy that proves pinot grigio actually does taste like something, and in this case – something good.
Medium-intensity lemon in color, this wine has a nose of lemon-citrus, pear, quince and blossom.
On the palate the dry, medium-plus-bodied pinot grigio has medium-plus-intensity flavors suggested on the nose along with some ripe-green-melon notes.
The wine is steely in texture with balance between the fruit and medium-acidity.
Look for pinot grigio from Alto Adige if you enjoy characterful whites.
Bottle Note: At 350 meters above sea level, Castel Ringberg is one of the most impressive vineyard locations in all of Alto Adige and is Elena Walch’s most cherished vineyard estate. The light, chalky, moranic soil is home to many grape varieties, which only produce varietal, terroir wines that are full of character.
Price: $27 (I paid $20)
Importer: Walch USA, Sausalito, California
Tasting Date: September 16, 2018