Lageder’s “Porer” Pinot Grigio is biodynamically farmed in crumbly limestone at 750 feet of elevation. The grapes were fermented with wild cultures in a mix of stainless steel and cask, and a portion of whole clusters and extended skin contact contributed structure and color. The wine matured on lees for about nine months and was bottled in July 2018.
The result is not your grandmother’s Pinot Grigio. The robe is a warm yellow, lacking the watery greenish cast more common to the grape. The flavors are quiet, salty, and lightly herbal, with restrained fruit that reads like pear. The palate has the tiniest amount of dissolved gas, but it reads as lift, not fault. Overall it’s a savory, saline wine with crunchy minerals and nice refreshment. I’d like to try aging a few bottles.
2017 Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio Porer Sudtirol Alto Adige
12.5% abv | $26 (sample) Imported by Dalla Terra