Friuli Grave, Italy
The history of Pighin dates back to 1963 when the brothers Luigi, Ercole and Fernando purchased a 200-hectare estate belonging to a noble Friulian family in Risano, in the Friuli Grave D.O.C. zone. After a radical reorganization of the plots, giving rise to vast plantings of vineyards and orchards, the new winemaking center housing offices and modern cellars, designed by the world renowned architect Gino Valle, was built in 1967.
Like the gravelly Graves region of Bordeaux, Grave del Friuli owes its name to the gravel in the subsoil, which forces the roots of the vine to grow deep into the earth in search of water. As the vine struggles, its fruit grows richer, resulting in full, well-structured wine with remarkable minerality. Select grapes of optimum ripeness are gently pressed immediately after harvest and undergo a cold-temperature fermentation in stainless steel tanks. As there is no malolactic fermentation or oak aging, the finished wine is a beautifully pure expression of the Pinot Grigio grape.
Peachy stone fruit flavors mark this delicately expressive wine which shows classic floral and hazelnut nuances, a clean, silky texture and a fine, crisp finish which confirms the palate.
Pair Pighin Pinot Grigio with poultry, fish, pasta in light sauces and soft cheeses.