Barone Montalto Pinot Grigio 2019 carries the designation of Terre Siciliane IGT, which means the grapes were grown in the clay soil of Sicily. It is a full varietal wine, all Pinot Grigio, with restrained alcohol at 12.5% and a price tag of $12. We tend to think of that price point as "bargain wine," but often the quality is poor enough to nullify the concept. If the wine is no good, is it really a bargain? This wine is a true bargain.
My experience with Pinot Grigio - and Pinot Gris - leaves me flat, really. PG is not my favorite grape, by a long shot. It is so seldom captured in all its savory beauty, more often drenched in a floral sweetness and hung with a sameness that reaches from brand to brand.
This wine is drier than your typical - or at least my typical - Pinot Grigio. Almost the color of water, the nose shows the usual suspects: flowers and limes and rocks, oh my. The accent on minerality is a nice flourish, particularly in this grape. On the palate, the floral angle plays a tad stronger, with citrus in tow. That Sicilian salinity makes itself known throughout.