About This Wine
Prepare yourself for a taste of Italy... from California.
Ashford Cellars makes its Pinot Grigio from grapes grown in two acclaimed vineyards in California’s Monterey County. Monterey is known as one of California’s coolest growing areas — the perfect climate for growing flavorful and expressive Pinot Grigio grapes. Both of the vineyards benefit from the coastal weather patterns.
The goal at Ashford Cellars is to reflect the characteristics of the vineyards and the grapes in the finished wines. With Pinot Grigio, that means fermenting and aging in neutral-flavor stainless steel tanks rather than flavor-adding oak barrels. With the 2009 vintage, it means that the wine’s melon and green apple flavors are highlighted rather than muted.
Pinot Grigio from Italy also has a mineral-like characteristic, and you’ll find that quality in Ashford Cellars’ rendition as well. The finished wine is bright, crisp and fruitful — everything you’d expect in an Italian Pinot Grigio, only without the long-distance shipping costs.
About Pinot Grigio
In northeast Italy it makes a light, crisp and neutral wine. In Alsace it can be a delicately perfumed, honey-flavored wine, either dry or sweet, and with more color than most whites.
- Grape Composition:100% Pinot Grigio
- Grape Source:2 Vineyards in Monterey County, California
- Aromas & Flavors:Melon, Green Apple, Flint and Minerals
- Aging Vessels:Stainless Steel Tanks
- When to Drink:Now Through 2012
- Food Pairing Suggestionseared scallops in a lemon-butter sauce, or chicken fried steak.
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