Sorgente 2020 Tuo Pinot Grigio, Friuli, Italy
Sorgente is a fantastic collaborative project coming from one of our favorite importers, The Source Imports, and an as-yet-unnamed winery in Friuli. The grapes are hand-harvested with two passes through the vineyards; the first pass for the perfectly-ripened grapes capturing peak acidity, and a second pass to capture more mature flavors and aromas. With a pre-soak that lasts nearly 24 hours, the wine picks up a lovely copper color from the grey-pink skins of Pinot Grigio. This is not Grandma’s Grigio- this is the real deal and a great way to fall in love with Pinot Grigio again. Bosc pear, apple blossoms, and a creamy palate will be delicious with a summer corn and fava bean salad, or burrata with heirloom tomatoes and balsamic vinegar, or citrus-marinated grilled chicken breast! — Cara Patricia
Variety: Pinot Grigio
Terroir: Purely composed of limestone, the Dolomites supply the parent material of calcareous alluvium and clay
Vinification: Prior to vinification, the grapes are destemmed and undergo pre-fermentation maceration that may last between twelve and twenty-four hours (depending on the vintage) to gently extract aroma and color from Pinot Grigio’s naturally greyish pink and aromatic skins, which imparts a slight amber hue to the finished wine. The grapes are softly pressed and the juice fermented at controlled temperatures to insure a balance of fruit and savory characteristics. The maturation of the wine is made in steel tanks on the fine lees for at least six months with occasional bâtonnage—lees stirring. Bottled in the early spring following the harvest, Tuo is completely dry and the addition of sulphites never exceeds 70mg/L (70ppm), which is half of the European Union’s legal limit allowed for organically certified white wines.