Country: Italy Region: Tuscany Vintage: 2016
Category: Pinot Grigio Color: White
Producer: Bocelli Family Wines
For more than 150 years, the Bocelli family has made Sangiovese on their small farm in Lajatico, Toscana. As part of a long line of Bocelli’s, Andrea Bocelli–one of the world’s most famous opera singers–along with his brother Alberto, mamma Edi, and sister-in-law Cinzia, remain committed to making terrific wine and keeping productions small. Blind since he was a young boy, Andrea has inspired much of the world with his music, and arguably done more to popularize opera than any other single individual in the last century.
Crucial to the credibility of the estate, these wines really stand on their own merits, with very serious structure, body, and focused fruits that will delight even the most critical Tuscan wine aficionados. Brother Alberto, who is also an architect, has designed a stunning cellar, and remodeled the family home to include a remarkable blend of antique charm with modern touches. Their wine, it could be said, is similar to the music of Andrea and the architecture of Alberto–classic and timeless, created in a modest, modern style. Of course, there’s no shortage of family wineries with a few hundred years under their belts in Tuscany - in fact, it’s more or less par for the course in this part of the world. What makes Bocelli so special is the fact that they’ve managed to preserve plenty of heritage vines throughout their estate, which lends their wines a real sense of finesse and expression. Most of the Sangiovese and Trebbiano vines at Bocelli are around a hundred years old, meaning there’s so much more terroir packed into each and every glass of quality vino that Mamma Edi produces. While Bocelli winery primarily deals in classic Tuscan wines, there’s always room for experimentation and innovation, and one eye is forever fixed upon the future. As such, recent years have seen them purchase vineyards in Veneto for the production of Prosecco and Pinot Grigio to add to their already excellent range.
Combine the quality found from low yielding 15-year-old vines with the nearly perfect vintage report of Veneto in 2016 and you’ll get one lip-smacking starburst of concentrated fruit. Right off the nose, the Bocelli Pinot Grigio awakens all senses with a complex balance of ripe meyer lemon, tangerine and an alluring menthol-like freshness. On the palate, the wine is crisp, yet juicy — and is as easy to drink a fruit cocktail but oh-so-much better — with ripe citrus flavours that mirror the nose and ripe grapefruit that carries through the zesty finish.
Tasting Notes: Andrea Bocelli loves his white wines, and it shows in their delightfully crisp, complex Pinot Grigio. Grown in the green hills of the Colli Euganei in Veneto, the vines are thick and knotty, averaging about 15 years old, and yielding just enough grapes to make only one bottle of wine per plant. One bottle! With aromas of fresh Meyer lemon, mint, white flowers and sea salt, this wine is zesty, delicious, and made with integrity.
Food Suggestion: Nice with Chicken and fish dishes