Sunday, December 16, 2018

Wine Review: Corvezzo Terre di Marca Pinot Grigio Ramato 2017


Terre di Marca is a label of Azienda Corvezzo, which is located in the Veneto region of Italy. The Terre di Marca label specializes in Prosecco and Pinot Grigio, but all wines by Corvezzo are 100% organic. They started the organic conversion in 2010 and completed it in 2017. I'm not going to waste time by going further writing a blurb about them because you have GOT to see their awesome website called The Organic Prosecco (http://www.theorganicprosecco.com). It's got a fun and educational layout to show you how they go about making their wines organically.

This is wine #1 of 5 that I'm reviewing by them leading up to the new year. I'm starting off here with the 2017 Pinot Grigio Ramato, then I'll be reviewing their 2017 Pinot GrigioRosé "Sur lie" FrizzanteProsecco "Sur lie" Frizzante, and finally their Prosecco.

The 2017 Pinot Grigio Ramato is from the Motta di Livenza area of the Delle Venezie DOC. It's 100% Pinot Grigio that spends a brief time with its skins, like a rosé, to give it a copper (romato) color. Grigio means grey in Italian (Gris means grey in French) and the Pinot Grigio / Gris grape is a greyish purple, thus the name, so you can make a rosé-ish wine out of it like this one. It was cold macerated at 0º C for six hours and saw cold crushing and pressing. Then a portion of the wine spent some time in oak barrels while the rest spent time in stainless steel. It has an ABV of 12.5% and will cost you $17.

I would instinctively say the color of the wine is copper but I like the "onion skin" color that's provided on the tech sheet. On the nose there's almost a yeastiness over aromas of pink grapefruit, pineapple candy, and honey. On the palate it has a medium body with a round mouthfeel and a lively acidity. There's flavors of pink grapefruit (including the skin), honeydew melon, and... this is when it gets weird... fluoride or that stuff your dentist sprays on your teeth from that hose to clean them. I used to get this a lot from Sonoma and Napa Sauvignon Blancs earlier in the decade and have gotten some people to agree with me and others who look at me like I'm insane. But that's here too. Then it finishes with pink grapefruit and that stuff again.

I'm going to go half-way there with this one. The fluoride / dentist cleaning hose stuff is bothering me. But I can't give it a 2 on the grounds that I'm a weirdo and probably imagining things. Yet I need to stay true to myself, so it lands right in the middle of the 5 star scale with a 2.5.

Don't turn your back on these guys on their first review here though, because I promise it's about to get much much better.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $17
Rating: 2.5/5 = Not Impressive / Satisfying (what does that mean?)

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