Casarsa Pinot Grigio
Delicate aromas of wildflowers and pear fuse with hints of fresh mown hay and pink grapefruit. The wine is medium bodied yet crisp and refreshingly dry with citrus and pineapple flavors leading to a clean simple finish.
$12.00 / Bottle $144.00 / Case
Good enough for your next party. Some wine snobs may snub Pinot Grigio, but it continues its hot streak as one of the most popular wines in America. In fact, it’s expected that Pinot Grigio will soon be the fourth best selling varietal in the US.
Viticulture in northeastern Italy has been influenced by centuries of travelers from Central Europe to the north, Slavic countries to the east and the Italian peninsula to the south.
It’s true that you won’t find very many wines made from Pinot Grigio that will inspire poets or lead to a heated debate about how to describe the nuances of aroma, but there’s nothing wrong with that.
Pinot Grigio is a casual delight, that’s exactly how the folks who make Casarsa intended it to be enjoyed. Imagine yourself surrounded by a group of people who are more interested in chatting with each other than discussing the wine in their glasses. Would you prefer to be serving them a wine that had cost you twenty dollars?
Of course not. A light, crisp wine that goes well with everything and knows its place is perfect, especially if it you paid half as much as the other wine.
Pinot Grigio is the best-known white clone of Pinot Noir. It takes its name from the color of the grapes, which when ripe are pinkish-gray in color.
Pinot Blanc is the white clone of Pinot Noir. Casarsa has added some Pinot Blanc into the blend to add some extra complexity and fruit flavors.
The Friuli - Venezia Giulia area in the extreme northeastern corner of Italy offers some ideal growing conditions. The vines thrive on the gentle slopes and the soils made up of a mixture of calcareous clay and gravel. Rainfall is adequate and sunshine plentiful in the summer.
Harvest usually takes place between August and September. The grapes are crushed and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for two to three weeks.
After fermentation, the wine is refined in tanks for a few months before it is bottled and released for sale.
This easydrinking wine makes a great wine to serve at a cocktail party with hors d’oeuvres. Don’t be afraid to enjoy at the table either; it pairs well with light seafood dishes, mixed salads or pasta.