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Pinot Grigio

Ornella Molon

Winemaker: Ornella Molon and Giancarlo Traverso

Alcohol: 12.5% alcohol by volume

Appellation: Venezia DOC

Grape Varieties: 100% Pinot Grigio

Exposure: East & Northwest

Soil: Mainly clay, rich in minerals.

Vineyard Training: 70% Sylvoz and 30% Guyot

Summary:   Since 1982 the husband and wife team of Ornella Molon has been dedicated to producing wines that are unique to their native land of Veneto, yet maintain a classic appeal. Located in the southeastern part of Veneto, in the province of Treviso, the 100 acres of vineyards that extend along the plane of the Piave River are an ideal location for producing the highest quality wines, rich in minerality. It is here that they create distinguished wines that tell the story of their land with every sip. Wines that majestically weave their way onto the palate and enchant their audience with tales of a time long forgotten.

Vinification:   Soft crushing of the grapes, removal of the must from the lees at a low temperature, followed by fermentation at a controlled temperature of 65-68° Fahrenheit with the addition of selected yeasts. The lees are in contact only for a few months, avoiding malolactic fermentation.

Aromas & Flavors:   As classic as a string of pearls and just as appropriate for any occassion, this charming Pinot Grigio shows marvelous refinement.  A bouquet suggestive of fresh morning air, sun-dried hay and crushed rocks delicately mingles with radiant acidity and captivating tones of lemon zest. Accompanied by a polished, well-articulated finish, this wine is a class act.

Varietal Notes:

Pinot Grigio is thought to be a mutation of Pinot Noir. “Pinot” comes from the French word for “pinecone” and is given to this grape because it grows in small clusters that resemble the shape of a pinecone. While “Grigio” is derived from the French word “Gris”, meaning “gray” because the grape traditionally has a gray or blue color, although at times it can be more pink or black in appearance. In Italy it is predominately grown in Alto-Adige, Veneto and Friuli.

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