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Barone Fini: An ancient Pinot Grigio for the 21st century

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Giovanni Bonmartini-Fini was born in Massachusettes but is descended from Italian royalty—
he is actually a count—and he is the de facto head of Barone Fini, his family winery on the shores of
Northern Italy’s Lake Garda, facing the Alps. He is passionate about wine and if it were up to him,
he would prefer to spend all of his time in the vineyards.

Wine making at his northeastern Trentino-Alto Adige Italian winery has been a family business for
at least six centuries (since 1497) and they have records showing they were the wine makers for the Medicis.

The winery practices sustainable agricultural techniques and follow a strict non-interventionist
wine making regimen. this makes for a healthier vineyard and healthier vines the average vines
on Barone Fini’s hillside vineyards are between 25 to 30 years old.

The grapes are all hand-picked and sorted manually before fermentation. Crushing and fermentation take place atop the ruins of an ancient Roman winery in an ultra-modern state-of-the-art winery under carefully temperature controlled conditions.

Barone Fini produces two Pinot Grigios, one from Valdadige and one from Alto Adige, we tasted the
one from Valdadige: Barone Fini Pinot Grigio 2012 Valdadige DOC.

The aromas of the wine are light and fresh, a tinge citrusy with faint lemon/lime and a hint of delicate white flowers. This crisp and dry white offers up textbook Pinot Grigio flavors of roasted almonds and a surprising concentration of fruit.

Soft, round lemon/lime juiciness fills the mouth followed by ripe, juicy flavors of green apple and lychee nuts. It is zesty, crisp and clean, focused on the palate, with flinty minerality, balanced acidity, and a lingering finish that hints of lemon and lychee.

According to the label, Barone Fini Valdadige Pinot Grigio is meant to be enjoyed with friends or alone, as an aperitif, with shellfish, fowl, vegetarian dishes or a light meal. This is definitely a food wine, made to be enjoyed with food while young. Refreshing and expressive, Barone Fini Valdadige Pinot Grigio delivers more than you would expect from a wine at this price point.

It is a great value. You can find this wine at Circus Wines/Spirits Unlimited, 835 State Highway 35, Middletown, NJ 07748.

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