The 2017 Gradis’ciutta Pinot Grigio hails from the Collio hills of northeastern Italy, in the Friuli-Venezia region's Collio hills. The winery says visitors to their estate are greeted with a home cooked meal by owner and winemaker Robert Princic's mother, Ivanka. And there's wine, too? That sounds like living the dream.
This grapes for this wine were grown in the vineyards of Budignacco, Pozar and Dragica, at elevations from 325 to 475 feet above sea level. Vinification in stainless steel tanks is followed by a period of aging on the lees, the spent yeast cells, which imparts weight and depth to the wine. Alcohol hits 13.5% abv and the wine retails for about $22. The wine was provided to me by its importer, Vineyard Brands.
This wine smells of apricot and lanolin, an earthy nose that does not scream "Pinot Grigio" to me. It's a subtle and elegant nose, and definitely on the savory side. Vegetal notes come through on the palate, along with stone fruit. I'm not a big PG fan, but this one I would have anytime.