Forchir Lamis Pinot Grigio Grave

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Pinot Grigio is more than just the Italian name for Pinot Gris. Although the two names refer to a single grape variety, the wine styles they represent are clearly distinct from one another. The difference between Pinot Grigio wines and Pinot Gris wines is so clear and well-established that the two are often treated as if they were two distinct varieties. Northeastern Italy (VenetoFriuli-Venezia-Giulia and Trentino-Alto Adige) remains the world epicenter of Pinot Grigio production; the region exports vast quantities of the wine each year, mostly to the United Kingdom and U.S. Forchir are based in the Friuli Grave DOC, a covering a large area of land in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, between the Alps and the Adriatic sea. The region’s combination of soil, climate and situation make for excellent wines, and viticulture here dates back to Roman times. Friuli Grave’s strongest reputation is for white wines made from ChardonnaySauvignon BlancPinot Grigio and Friulano, all defined by their crisp nature and underlying finesse.

This is no ordinary Pinot Grigio; this is Forchir Pinot Grigio. A grower that we’ve come to appreciate for making proper Friuli varietals and Pinot Grigio being their main focus. From grapes grown in its Italian homeland and made into wine at this family owned estate this is a wine that endorses its capability of class. A light sappy nose with a distinctive almondy tone. On the palate it is rounded and with a lively crispness on the finish.

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