Zenato Pinot Grigio delle Venezia IGT 2007
Founded in 1960 by Sergio Zenato, the Azienda Zenato, has made a name for itself operating
out of its winery in Benedetto di Lugana, in the municipality of Peschiera del Garda, about
25 km west of Verona on the Veneto side of Lake Garda. Given the location, you would
expect Zenato to produce good Valpolicella, and they do: a Valopliclla DOC, an Armarone
DOC and a Ripassa Valpolicella DOC Superiore. They also turn out several white wines,
including a Chardonnay Riserva and a Lugana Riserva (100% Trebbiano di Lugana), both
named after founder Sergio. Zenato has also been producing this IGT Venezia Pinot Grigio,
since 1979, exporting 70,000 cases into the United States.
The Zenato IGT Venezia Pinot Grigio runs from $11 to about $15 depending on outlet. The
pale straw 100% Pinot Grigio undergoes 15-20 days of steel tank fermentation with partial
malo-lactic fermentation, followed by four months of tank refining. The decidedly dry wine
weighs in at 12.5% abv. The nose, while lovely, is delicate, requiring a solid swirl that
rewards with light floral, lemon, mandarin orange and a hint of spice. The wine is
light-bodied but satisfyingly engaging, with mid-level acidity, notes of peach, ripe pear, and
fresh citrus on the palate. The fairly long and extremely clean finish shows good fruit, solid
ripe citrus, and bit of stony minerality. Clean, light, but nicely aromatic, this Zenato is a
multi-tasking Pinot Grigio you can sit back and savor as others quaff it down. The wine is
made for food; my reverie with it was an endive salad with feathery-light fresh mayonnaise
and baby shrimp.
Verdict: For the food lover in you
Good honest Pinot Gregio is always a winner.
James Beard Award Nominee Elliot Essman