Pinot Grigio and Pinto Gris come from the exact same grape but are vastly different wines. The Italian style Pinot Grigio (such as this vintage) is known for its light, crisp acidity while Pinot Gris (as the French do in Alcase) is recognized for more body and rounded fruit tones.
In the glass, this wine is a darker, almost amber, than most Pinot Grigio hinting at the rich flavor contained within. The nose is bright with undertones of melon and cantaloupe. The front of the attack is sharp with a nice acidic bite but it mellows on the midpalate to expose fig, vanilla and honeysuckle tones. There is a silky texture throughout the wine along with a minor undertone of smokiness.
The finish lingers nicely with a good acidic balance and hints of green apple and overripe pear.
The Rosemont of Virginia 2011 Pinot Grigio would pair well with almost all seafood (the winery recommends crab cakes), light pastas and cheese cracker combinations. I also anticipate it matching up well with grilled poultry or even a black bean burger as the bright acidity will stand up to even the most savory of spicing.
Like an exciting Italian vacation, Pinot Grigio does not last. This wine is drinking well now additional aging will not significantly increase the complexity or flavor profile. With proper cellaring, this wine will be at its best for about a year before it starts its slow decline.
DRINK NOW-APRIL 2013