Colterenzio Pinot Grigio 2014
Region: Alto Adige
Grapes: Pinot Grigio
Back when I was studying for the WSET Diploma exams, I recall a poignant conversation in class about how pinot grigio - a grape - had become its own brand, so ubiquitous was the beverage on wine lists and bar menus across the US. Like anything with a common presence, there's cheap stuff, mid-grade stuff and truly stellar products. This one falls on the far right. The Colterenzio co-operative was founded in 1960 with 28 vintners. It is rare to find a single-owner winery in Alto Adige; nearly all the wines are made in a co-operative fashion. Today, the operation has nearly 300 members cultivating about 300 hectares of vineyards, roughly 2.5 acres per farmer. My guess is they have day jobs as well.
The Colterenzio Pinot Grigio 2014 hails from the Alto Adige, among the Dolomites, which are the southern most peaks of the Italian Alps. With a cooler growing season, the grapes form naturally high acidity in both reds and whites. This pinot grigio is bright with stone fruit notes, melon and citrus flavors. It's an easy quaff, good for the bar, better with a snack.