All too often, Italian Pinot Grigio can be a disappointing, insipid wine – especially mass-produced, inexpensive versions. And so, that makes this week’s wine selection all the more remarkable. Barone Montalto Pinot Grigio sells for a mere MSRP of $12, but you sure wouldn’t guess that from drinking it.
The wine, which is made from 100 percent Pinot Grigio grapes, originates in the Belice Valley of Sicily which has deep alluvial based soils with a mixture of sand and limestone. That soil helps to impart beautiful minerality in Barone Montalto Pinot Grigio – something that is often missing in low-cost Pinot Grigio.
There are lovely floral notes with white peach, apricot, melon and pear aromas upfront. On the palate, this Pinot has good acidity with citrus flavors like grapefruit and lemon, plus fresh herb notes. It’s a steal at twelve bucks and a wine that I found to pair beautifully with linguine and clam sauce. I’d also drink it with lighter fish, chicken and pork dishes. I would stock up on this excellent value wine in anticipation of springtime sipping.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.