Kris Pinot Grigio is produced by the Franz Haas Winery in the Alto Adige section of northeast Italy. In addition to the Pinot Grigio, the winery produces a Pinot Noir and a red blend (Merlot, Montepulciano, and Cabernet Sauvignon).
The 2010 Kris Pinot Grigio was 100% Pinot Grigio. The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks for 3 to 6 months, and for an additional 3 to 4 months in the bottle prior to release. The labeled ABV was 12.5%. The wine carried a designation of IGT.
I have a few recipes that call for white wine. They usually use only 1 cup or less, so there is always something left over for the cook (me!) to sip. I was looking for a Pinot Grigio other than the large, commercial, overpriced brands *cough*SantaMargherita*cough*. The kind people at Wine Sellers recommended I try Kris Pinot Grigio.
I purchased a bottle and headed home. Several days later, I was preparing Swordfish Livornese, which just happened to require a cup of white wine (what a coincidence!).
Prior to opening, the wine was chilled.
The aromas from the glass were full of stone fruit, especially pear, and apple. The nose was mild, but inviting.
Once in the mouth, the feeling was light and crisp. Melon, apple, and pear were all prominent. This was a very, nice Pinot Grigio. Not overly complex, but I wasn’t looking for a lot from it.
The finish was short.
I was pleasantly surprised with the Kris Pinot Grigio. It would go well with any lighter dishes (once again, the occupants of the kitchen finished the bottle before the meal was ready! so I can’t tell you how it went with Swordfish Livornese).
The 2010 Kris Pinot Grigio retails in the $10 to $12 range. It affords great value at that price. After my initial tasting, I stocked up on some more of this wine. If you are looking for a light, everyday white, I suggest you give this one a try.