Red, White, or Pink? Make Mine… Copper?

2009 Zeni Trento Ramato Vigneti delle Dolomiti, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

This is an oddly colored Pinot Grigio from Italy.  The Pinot Grigio grape itself is actually grayish in color and the wine that is made from this grape is typically thought of as “white.”  In the case of the Zeni, the juice from the grapes is allowed to remain in contact with the skins during the winemaking process, resulting in the Zeni’s pretty cool copper color.

The nose on the Zeni gave me a little apple, pear, and burnt sugar.  On the palate, I got some almond and carmelized/burnt sugar.  The fruit on this one was a combination of (at times) unripe strawberry and orange peel.  It was a bit tart until it warmed a bit.  It had a firm acid and a nice structure that made it a perfect accompaniment for food—we paired it with broiled stuffed flounder (“truck meat” for those of you who know what I’m talking about).

As The Rib and I got further into the bottle, the Zeni reminded me of a sour apple or watermelon Jolly Rancher.  It didn’t exactly taste like a Jolly Rancher, but it somehow put me in mind of one.  This is an amazingly interesting wine.  The Rib and I both enjoyed it a good bit, so much so that we’ve already had two bottles of it this summer and have another in the “on deck” circle.  At around $22, this is a nice little find.  I’m glad I ended up in my favorite local shop the day it was on the tasting table (although it’s not that odd that I was in my favorite local shop on any given day).  Give this one a try!

Cheers from the Corkpit,


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