Best Pinot Grigio wine comes from Italy. Soll Pinot Grigio 2005 from Alto Adige, Italy is the best Pinot Grigio that you will ever drink. Caldero Soll Pinot Grigio 2005 is a light straw-yellow color. On the nose and in the mouth you will sense ripe pear, hazelnut, honeydew melon and a hint of vanilla. This Pinot Grigio wine is round and smooth on the palate with light undertones of wood on the finish. This wonderful pinot grigio is a wine from a single vineyard, a southeastern facing slope above the town of Tramin at 450 to 500 meters above sea level. With 6 months of aging is small barrels, the wine has the best Pinot Grigio qualities that can only be explained after experiencing a glass, or two.
Viticoltori Caldaro was founded in Alto Adige in 1906 with a focus on quality. In the 1980's, viticulture in Kaltern experienced a revolutionary change when the consumer's demand for higher quality increased. As a result, yields were reduced and the average annual production was cut in half. Caldaro quickly improved wineries in his region. Currently, Caldero receives a very impressive list of awards including consistently high ratings from Wine Spectator as well as Gambero Rosso. Today, Caldaro is part of a 410 member cooperative which is commonly counted among the best and most quality oriented wineries in Italy.
RATINGS: 87 Points Wine Spectator
Vitticoltori Caldaro Pinot Grigio Soll is "A flavorful Pinot Grigio with lots of lemon rind, spice and minerals...
Information about the Soll Pinot Grigio 2005:
Region: Trentino - Alto Adige.
Grape: 100% Pinot Grigio
Alcohol Percent: 14%.
Aging: 20% of the wine is aged in barrique, with a total of 6 months on the lees.
Production: 1,000 cases made
Character: Cool nights and a constant, fresh breeze characterize this sunny vineyard area. For generations, the family of Baron di Pauli has kept watch over this vineyard, and has grown top-quality grapes here. The brilliant straw-yellow color is tinged with light green; the aromas vary from quince to pears to toasted almonds. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and racy, and, thanks to an aging in small oak barrels, is round and harmonious on the finish.
Serving Temperature: 11-13 C
Vinification: Whole-cluster pressing of ripe and healthy grapes, natural must clarification, slow fermentation at a controlled temperature of 18C (20% in barrique), six-month aging on the fine lees, filtering and bottling in March.
Vineyard: Soll: a southeast facing slope above Tramin at 450 to 500 meters above sea level, a rather breezy vineyard that has a relatively warm micro-climate, despite its altitude; this combination allows a high degree of ripeness without danger of Botrytis.
Site/Soil: Heavy soils, primarily loamy, weathered chalk.
Yield: 70 hl/ha
Age of Vines: 5-12 years
Trellising System: Wire-trained
Harvest: End of September
Denomination of Origin: Alto Adige - Sudtiroler DOC
When to drink: Through 2010
Best match with food: This wine partners well with mushroom dishes, fish and seafood. It is also recommended as an aperitif wine.