Pinot Grigio is a grape variety that originates in Alsace, where – thanks to the favorable climatic conditions – it still represents the most cultivated grape for the number of hectares of vines. From France it has spread internationally, becoming one of the most famous white wines in the world, in particular in the United States of America, where in recent years it has become the most consumed domestic wine.
Where does Pinot Grigio originates?
Pinot Grigio originates in France from an unstable genetic mutation of Pinot Noir. It’s a variety of gray-purple clusters, which requires a lot of attention, a compatible soil and favorable climatic conditions. In Italy it arrived at the end of the nineteenth century, together with other French vines – such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon – and was planted in the regions of the North, in particular in Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Today its cultivation has expanded throughout the country. Pinot Grigio Dama con l’Ermellino from the Da Vinci i Capolavori collection grows in the hills of Bertinoro, Faenza and Brisighella, in soils with clay mixtures tending to limestone and with chalky veins, at 100-150 meters above sea level.
What are the characteristics of Pinot Grigio Dama con l’Ermellino?
In general, Pinot Grigio is a fresh and light white, but its taste varies greatly depending on the area of production and the method of vinification.
Pinot Grigio Dama with Ermellino: vinification and aging
The grape is usually harvested slightly in advance, in the period between late August and early September, to allow this type of wine to obtain a good acidity and fresh and delicate aromatic notes. The vinification takes place with a slight pressing, while the fermentation is carried out at a controlled temperature of 14-18 ºC, to develop fruity and floral aromas, maintaining the classic fresh note on the palate. The aging before bottling, on the other hand, is done in thermo-conditioned stainless steel tanks.
Pinot Grigio Dama con l’Ermellino: tasting notes
The typical characteristics of this grape are clearly visible in the color of this wine, a pleasing and delicate pale straw yellow. This Pinot Grigio offers an excellent taste-olfactory correspondence, intensified by pleasing mineral notes in closing. On the nose, instead, emerge notes of broom flowers, jasmine and a fresh herbaceous background, keeping the typical fresh note on the palate.
How to pair Pinot Grigio?
Depending on the winemaking style, Pinot Grigio offers a wide range of pairing possibilities, from aperitifs to the whole meal, preferring light and delicate dishes. To taste it optimally, it is recommended to open the bottle about half an hour beforehand – to allow proper oxygenation of the wine and the removal of any reductive notes – and to serve it at a temperature of 8-10°C, in a sufficiently wide goblet.
Pinot Grigio Dama con l’Ermellino, with its tanginess and delicate floral aromas, is ideal for a fresh aperitif, tasted with sliced meats, fresh cheeses and vegetarian dishes.
With its refined taste, it can be enjoyed during meals, paired with appetizers, white meats, aged cheeses and pastries.
Its flavor traits also make it perfect when paired with fish dishes, both hot and cold. Tomato-flavored fish sauces pair well with this Pinot Grigio, which is ideal thanks to its acidity to defatting greasiness even for fattier fish such as tuna and salmon.