If I Could Buy Only One – January 9th VINTAGES Release

If you could buy only one wine from this release, which one would it be and why?

Nals Margreid Punggl 2018 Pinot Grigio, Südtirol-Alto Adige, Italy
$31.95, Mondo Vino
David Lawrason – For most of my career I have been only moderately enthusiastic about Italian pinot grigio as a genre. Because the vast majority, even though improved recently, are fairly simple wines. Likeable, refreshing and clean, but simple.  But here, from the higher altitude Alto Adige in a warm vintage, comes a very fine and sophisticated pinot grigio with a generous nose in full bloom. There is lovely ripe yellow pear aroma nicely meshed with white flowers, clover honey and some leesy character. It is medium-full bodied, substantial yet lively and vaguely spritzed with excellent flavour focus and length. It is more expensive than most grigio’s to arrive on our shores, but to me, worth every cent.

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