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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Quaff this: Mazzolado 2007 Pinot Grigio

Another purchase from the Vintages release (I know, I'm due to head to another one ... hoping for some LCBO gift cards from Santa so I can have a shopping spree!) It hails from the Lison Pramaggiore DOC in the Veneto region of Italy, which is part of the north-eastern Tre Venezie (the "Three Venices" - the other two regions are Fruili-Venezia Giulia and Trentino-Alto Adige) where true Pinot Grigio is born.

It's been a long time since I've had a p.grigio this good, this complex and this pleasant when paired with food. It has a fizziness that forms a skin of fine bubbles on the surface of its deep straw colour. Medium weight, with some oiliness to it; a fragrant floral and melon nose (not as much citrus as the mass-produced p.grigios out on the shelves); and a never-ending mouthful of sweet fruit like ripe peach, pear and a bit of Meyer lemon. Served this with fettuccine al funghi, a favourite of mine, featuring whole wheat pasta tossed in pesto sauce with shitake, oyster and cremini mushrooms. The acidity cut through the cream, but the weight carried the flavours all the way through. It's also balanced enough and just the right weight to enjoy on its own.

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