Riff Pinot Grigio 2016
“Seemingly every big-name winegrower wants to ‘extend the brand,’ as the marketing sorts say….One of those entries is a brand called ‘Riff’ (German for reef) created by one of northern Italy’s most famous wine producers, Alois Lageder...With a little astute looking and a lot of discrimination, a producer could put together a swell wine blended from various offerings at a very competitive price. That’s the deal on the riff wines….just the ticket for a summertime aperitif or an ideal keep-it-coming accompaniment to all kinds of food.” Matt Kramer, Wine Spectator
Winemaking: Fermentation in stainless steel tanks, followed by maturation on the fine lees for up to four months to give the wine greater textural intensity and depth.
Tasting notes: Brilliant straw-yellow color with a green tint. Fine, fruity (apples, peaches), forward varietal aromas. Pronounced, clean, elegant, grapey flavor. Light to medium-bodied with a fresh mouth-watering finish. Dry and crisp. Properly cellared, this wine can keep for at least 2 – 3 years.
Food pairing: As an aperitif, salads, starters (fish, meat or vegetables), pâtés and terrines, fish and shellfish, pasta, risotto, poultry, white meat and mushrooms.