Beverage of the Week (BOW)
Luna Nuda Pinot Grigio Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT 2015
Pinot Grigio has become a popular choice for a white wine by the glass rivaling Chardonnay in some places. With popularity comes mediocrity and such is the case for Pinot Grigio as much of it is rather dull and boring. Luna Nuda breaks that mold as they create a very pleasing and character-driven Pinot Grigio. Luna Nuda ferments their Pinot Grigio in stainless steel, which is very common and often preferred for Pinot Grigio but Luna Nuda allows the wine to rest on the lees for five months adding richness and complexity. Pinot Grigio can be fresh and exciting like Luna Nuda. 91 points out of 100.
Luna Nuda is Italian, meaning “Naked Moon.” This term is often used by vintners to describe a clear night sky with a bright full moon. Much of the success is a result of a single family, the Giovanett family, owning both the winery and the vineyards. This allows them to harvest fewer grapes per acre than is permitted. Less fruit per acre means more intense and flavorful fruit. Their Pinot Grigio is grown in the Alto Adige a region in Northern Italy that touches the Alps.
Pale straw color with hints of green. The nose is quite fruity without being sweet offering scents of green apple, white peach, pear, and soft red grapefruit notes. The palate echoes the nose delivering a vibrant fruit-driven core that is both ripe and sufficiently tart to create balance and length with soft trailing accents of citrus and mineral. Medium-bodied and ideally balanced with fresh, citrus-like acidity and crisp fruit notes.
How to Serve
The Luna Nuda Pinot Grigio is a great aperitif and it works great with antipasti and fish.
Price: $ 14.99