Pinot Grigio delle Venezie DOC (controlled appellation)
The 2019 growing season began with dry springtime weather during the first half of the season and saw a cool rainy trend in the second half. These climatic conditions slowed down the vines’ vegetative cycle and caused a delay in bloom of about two weeks later than average. The next two months brought hot temperatures and minimal rainfall. Harvesting of Pinot Grigio berries was behind schedule by about 10 days compared to 2018. Picking began at the end of August and was completed the first week of September.
Harvested grapes were brought to the cellar, destemmed and gently crushed and pressed. The must was chilled to a temperature of 8 °C (46 °F) to encourage a natural clarification of sediment. The wine was transferred into temperature controlled stainless steel tanks where alcoholic fermentation occurred at a temperature that did not exceed 17 °C (63 °F). The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks at a constant temperature of 10 °C (50 °F), filtered then bottled.
Pinot Grigio Santa Cristina 2019 is straw yellow in color. The nose is delicate yet intense with aromas of bananas and citrus fruits. Its palate is well balanced, light and soft.