If you’ve ever been to Northern Italy, specifically the Alto Adige region, you know that wine is not a job but a way of life. That’s especially true of Bolzano, a beautiful hillside town that serves as the gateway to the Dolomites. There’s a famous Italian old saying, “Venice floats on water, Bolzano floats on wine.” If you’ve been there you know why. Vineyards run through district lines, through town centers, through everywhere.
If you want to find the very best wines from the region, you look for sun soaked plateaus and southern facing slopes — but really you don’t have to look any further than the monastery that sits on the edge of town belonging to Muri Gries.
For over a century, monastery life and vineyard life have been inextricably intertwined. Their steadfast devotion to the land and the grapes has produced wines of extraordinary flavor. Certainly not ones for pomp and circumstance, the wines have largely flown under the radar.
Quality Pinot Grigio from the Dolomite Mountain range of Alto Adige can often approach thirty bucks and frankly many are well worth it. But at today’s price, this is definitely a case buy.
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90 Points, Vinous Media
The 2019 Pinot Grigio lifts from the glass in a pretty display of ripe peach with a lemon twist, crushed stone and hints of morning dew. There’s a textural interplay, as silky waves are contrasted by citrus-tinged acids and minerals, which also adds liveliness to its ripe orchard fruits. The palate aches for another sip throughout the cheek-puckering finish. This is an excellent, energetic Pinot Grigio that may be even better after six months to a year in the cellar.
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