Monday, March 31, 2014

Going Italian At Whole Foods: Caposaldo Pinot Grigio

Attention Whole Foods shoppers, through April, Whole Foods Market shines the WFM spotlight on Italian wines at great prices.  The grocery chain is also hosting a pair of virtual tasting events to help spread the word about their great Italian value wines.  Get the details on the wines and the April 10th virtual tasting event on Twitter here.

You can search the hashtag #WFMWine on Twitter to see how much fun we all had on the previous virtual wine tasting on March 13th.  We hope you can join us on Twitter in April.

Today we sample one of the wines to be featured on the April tasting event.

Twitter Tastings

Thursday March 13, 7:00-8:00 p.m. CT:

Banfi Principessa Gavia Gavi 
Ruffino Orvieto Classico
Gran Passione Rosso
Donnafugata Sedàra

Thursday April 10, 7:00-8:00 p.m. CT:

Presto Prosecco
Caposaldo Pinot Grigio
Monrosso Chianti
Verrazzano Rosso

Caposaldo Pinot Grigio  $11.99

I saw that a Facebook wine friend of mine commented in that social media platform recently to the effect that a Pinot Grigio is wine for people who don't want their wine to taste like anything.  While some Pinot Grigios will lead you to that conclusion, there are plenty that won't.  This is one that won't.

Caposaldo is a 100% varietal wine, all Veneto Pinot Grigio, all the time.  The 12.5% abv content is right about where you would expect it to be and aging was done without any oak, in stainless steel tanks.  This really lets a fresh, pure expression of a generally maligned grape come forward.  Since the wine is intended for immediate consumption, it is bottled accordingly - under a screw cap.

The Caposaldo Pinot Grigio 2012 has a straw-yellow tint, which I like in a white wine.  The less color a white has, the less I expect much aroma or flavor from it.  That rarely turns out to be the case, by the way, but I feel that way nevertheless.  The upside is, I get a lot of pleasant surprises.

The nose on the Caposaldo mixes tropical fruit, flowers and minerals fairly equally.  It's really an astounding array of aromas that come out to play.  The minerality shows strongly on the palate, too, with a mix of pineapple and apricot flavors representing the fruit faction.  A bit of green apple and lime linger into the finish.  
This wine only costs twelve bucks and it is a lot tastier than some popular Pinot Grigios that sell for over $20.  It's definitely worthy of a status update.

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