Grigio Luna Pinot Grigio

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Grigio Luna is a classic Pinot Grigio of the Veneto, the region with which the variety has become most closely associated.  Indigenous to northern France, the Pinot Grigio vine is related to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, from which it evolved as a separate variety centuries ago.  It has occupied cool alpine-influenced areas of Europe from Alsace to Austria since the Middle Ages.  “Grigio,” or ‘gray’, refers to the dusty gray-pink or gray-blue hue of the skins that sometimes lend a pale pink color to the wine.

A versatile apéritif and perfect match for crustaceans, delicate white fish and the classic Venetian pesce fritto, Grigio Luna also compliments salty antipasti, egg dishes and light pastas, particularly those prepared with briefly cooked tomatoes, vegetables or herbs.  Serve well chilled but not too cold to enjoy the wine’s subtle palette of fragance and flavor.

Vineyards

Pinot Grigio is perfectly suited to the warm, minerally soils and long, cool growing season that characterize the Adriatic crescent of northeastern Italy.  Moderating alpine and marine winds extend the fruit’s time on the vine, allowing it to develop flavor, extract and delicate varietal aromas while preserving a fresh acidity.

Grigio Luna is sourced from vineyards in the provinces of Verona and Treviso, the former near Lake Garda and the latter just inland north of Venice.  The wine is based on fruit from Cecilia Beretta’s 30-acre estate vineyard of Mattaranetta, located a few kilometers north of Verona outside the village of Montorio in the Valpolicella D.O.C.  The vineyard takes its name from the nearby Villa Mattarana, a convent established the 13th century.  Planted in 1997, the vines lie on clay and limestone soils exposed to the north and south at a density of 2,025 vines per acre.  Select vineyards in Verona and Treviso supplement fruit from the Mattaranetta Vineyard.

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Cecelia Beretta is a prestige brand owned by Pasqua Vigneti e Cantine, a family producer based in Verona and initially established as a wine merchant in 1925.  The Pasqua owned vineyards now stretch over 133 acres in the Valpolicella and Soave zones, and long term contracts provide fruit from an additional 86 acres.  Pasqua acquired the Mattaranetta vineyard at the end of the 1940s, and the brand name was taken from the nearby Villa Beretta at Mizzole that dates to the seventh century.  At the beginning of the 1980s, Pasqua dedicated the estate to viticultural research, collaborating with some of Italy’s most prestigious universities to rediscover the essence of the traditional wines from Valpolicella and Soave, which are based on a distinctive territorial history and winemaking culture.  The excellence of the firm’s wines has evolved as a result of the research at Mattaranetta.  Cecilia Beretta’s production is entirely independent from that of of Pasqua Vigneti e Cantine, and focused on a limited selection of ultra premium wines.

Vinification

The grapes are harvested at optimum maturity, pressed and immediately separated from any skin contact.  The must is slightly clarified by static settling, and fermentation is offset by inoculation with select cultured yeasts.  Vinification is carried out in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks within a temperature range of 16°C to 18° C (61°F to 65°F).  Malolactic fermentation is blocked to preserve the wine’s fresh crisp, refreshing acidity.  A final clarification takes place and the wine is returned to tank until bottling.

Tasting Note

Pale white-gold in color, Grigio Luna is a fresh, crisp, balanced wine that shows delicate white fruit, pear and stone fruit flavors and aromas offset by notes of almonds and acacia flowers.  A clean, firm acidity provides gentle structure and leads into a refreshing, elegant finish.

Blend

100% Pinot Grigio

Alcohol

12%

Drink

at 8°C (46°F) within two years

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