Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Review – Valdadige (2021)

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What Kind of Wine Is Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio?

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio is a crisp and well-balanced dry white wine from Italy. For wine enthusiasts who love a bottle of wine with delightful aromas of apples and citrus fruits, Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio is unparalleled. Made with the Pinot Gris varietal, which is native to Alto Adige/Trentino, Santa Margherita pinot Grigio sets to impress even the most astute connoisseurs with its refreshing and flavorful personality.

This region of Trentino lies in North Italy, very close to the border with Austria. In fact, it is considered to be one of the greatest winemaking regions of Italy. Alto Adige is the highest point of the area and one of the Northernmost points in the whole country too. To sum up, Alto Adige together with Trentino forms a very notable ‘terroir’, best known for its refreshing Pinot Grigio wines.


Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Valdadige Review

  • Winery — Santa Margherita
  • Country/Region — Italy, Veneto, Valdadige
  • Type — Italian Pinot Grigio
  • Aroma — Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Apple, Pear, Peach, Apricot, Nectarine
  • Grapes — Pinot Grigio
  • Taste — Strawberry, Cherry, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Cherry, Almond, Butter
  • Alcohol Content — 12.5%
  • Sugar — Dry
  • Pairing — Poultry, Seafood, Shellfish, Mozzarella Cheese, Japanese, Soufflés

Pinot Grigio Santa Margherita Valdadige contains all those elements that wine enthusiasts should desire from a Pinot Grigio: A fruit-forward nature and a bright but creamy acidity. As such, Santa Margherita is a tremendous Pinot Grigio, smooth and well-balanced. With every sip, it more than justifies the premium price that it commands. It is a marvelous medium-bodied white wine, taken directly from the crisp Italian Dolomites.

Overall Rating: 4.4

Positives
  • Elegant Bouquet
  • Approachable And Savory
  • Strong Pinot Grigio Character
  • Refreshing
  • Smooth Finish
Negatives
  • Can Be Perceived As Slightly Sour

Tasting Notes

As an authentic Italian Pinot Grigio, Santa Margherita is invigorating. Elegant fragrances of honeysuckle and jasmine blended with unripe green fruit aromas emerge as the wine uncorks. Gentle flavors of citrus and stone fruits, as well as notes of strawberry and cherry, dominate the palate. The finish is medium but savory, while the acidity is crisp and refreshing. Santa Margherita is a great Pinot Grigio with a delicious tasting profile.

Appearance

From the first second that Santa Margherita is poured into a glass, the straw-yellow hue surfaces. It is a distinctive color, comparable to grain found in rustic Italian barns. After a few swirls, the color develops into a lemon color near the rim, while the semi-opaque center transforms into translucence. On top of that, the legs of the wine are long and watery.

Aroma

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio wine opens with gentle floral aromas of honeysuckle and jasmine. Then, fragrances of apple and pear add additional aromatic layers and create a sweet-smelling bouquet. In addition, the charming nose showcases subtle notes of white peach and nectarine for extra depth. As a consequence, Santa Margherita’s aromatic profile concludes triumphantly, as it is bold but refreshing.

Taste

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio has a fresh and lively palate. A delightful blend of tastes of grapefruit and lemon gives character to the mouth, while notes of strawberry and cherry add depth and complexity. Furthermore, the wine has a creamy/oily sensation common to Pinot Grigio. Just before the wine is lead to the lingering finish, a vibrant acidity hits and refreshes the mouthfeel. Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio is medium-to-full-bodied and absolutely delicious.

Finish

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio has a medium finish that is savory. Sweet stone fruit flavors remain on the tongue, as hints of melon and mango unearth. Afterward, the crisp acidity offers an incomparable freshness, concluding every sip pleasantly. And remember: Not every Pinot Grigio has so gratifying an ending, as, usually, they end up having a short finish. That is an indication of how great a wine Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio is!

Rating

Easy-going and well-balanced, Saint Margherita is an elegant Pinot Grigio. With a citric nature and fairly good length, it is wonderful from the beginning across to the end. It encompasses all of the structural components of its varietal, as it delivers an elevated wine-drinking experience. Saint Margherita Pinot Grigio is a chic wine choice to enjoy in summer or drink on the beach. Wine enthusiasts, go for it!

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Food Pairing

This Pinot Grigio goes wonderfully with cheeses, white meats, and soufflés. A platter of Mozzarella and aged Cheddar cheese or fried chicken legs complements well the wine’s citric nature. Or pair the wine with seafood, including shellfish and seafood-based pasta, for an extraordinary dining experience. A hearty shrimp linguini or a Japanese kaisen-donburi (seafood rice-bowl) create a scrumptious combination when enjoyed along with a cool glass of Santa Margherita. Pinot Grigio is an extremely versatile varietal and undeniably food-friendly. Don’t forget, it is also a lovely aperitif to start any food occasion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Makes Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio?

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio is a product of Santa Margherita Italy. Founded in 1935, Santa Margherita has more than eighty years in the production of Italian wine. Love and respect for the territory, attention to native grape varieties, a deep bond with tradition, and an endless pursuit of quality are their founding principles. The winery is part of Santa Margherita-Gruppo Vinicolo, which encompasses a family of estate properties from Italian appellations. As a consequence, they are considered one of the chief ambassadors of Italian wine-making around the world.

How Is Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Made?

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio is a white wine based on pure fruit flavors. For this reason, careful handling in the winery is required to avoid oxidation and acidification. Therefore, the grapes are harvested by hand to ensure they remain whole and retain their delicate aromas and flavors. Then, they are de-stemmed, crushed, and pressed to release their juice. Afterward, this juice is carefully fermented in temperature-controlled tanks. Several additional weeks of aging are then required to fully develop the Pinot Grigio characteristic flavor. Finally, the wine is filtered from enzymes and bottled.

Where Is Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Made?

Santa Margherita is made from the Pinot Gris varietal in Valdadige, located in Alto Adige, Veneto. As Alto Adige is Italy’s most northerly wine region, the grapes would normally be grown using the Trentina pergola system. However, in Santa Margherita’s case, the grapes are grown using the Guyot (cane pruning). By limiting the vine’s growth to just the trunk, the vine is less vulnerable to frost and better protected. The vineyards are planted close to the Austrian border and on the sides of the River Adige. Since the Adige River Valley lies almost 1500 ft. above sea level, it makes sense to make use of Guyot due to the freezing temperatures.

Veneto has a moderate climate with short, dry summers and low rainfall during the growing season. Most of the vineyards experience a diurnal range due to their altitudes, making them ideal for the production of crisp and aromatic whites, such as Pinot Grigio. Consequently, Trentino is an ideal habitat for grape varieties as it brings out the best of their organic characteristics. Italy showcases a large number of indigenous varietals and creates a vast range of wine styles. It is a wine-making region that has made wine for over a thousand years. Italian wine-makers advocate that the vineyard location is more important than science and the winemaker’s role in the production of wines.

How to Serve Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio?

As a delicate white wine, it is better to serve Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio in standard medium-sized white wine glasses or tulip glasses. The large surface of the glass gives the wine essential aeration. As the air comes into contact with the wine surface, the aromatic and flavor intensity of Santa Margherita rises. In addition, Pinot Grigio needs to be lightly chilled at fifty to fifty-four degrees Fahrenheit (ten to thirteen degrees Celsius). So, two hours before serving, take the bottle, wrap it in a wet paper towel, and place it inside the fridge. Then, call some friends, grab some glasses, and savor its crispy freshness on the deck.

How Much Does Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Cost?

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio is a premium wine choice for a fresh but creamy Italian white wine. So it doesn’t come at a low cost. Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio price ranges from $18 to $30 per 750ml bottle, depending on the vintage and the distributor. As a consequence, consumers need to spend a significant amount to acquire Santa Margherita. However, by doing so, they also get a compelling Pinot Grigio, one of the best of its kind!

How Long Does Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Last?

Santa Margherita, is an authentic Italian Pinot Grigio and meant to be consumed fresh. Generally, it cannot benefit from bottle aging. In fact, the wine’s bright fruit character can be altered if it stays too long in the pantry. Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio lacks the structural elements required to withstand aging, like grippy tannins or a high alcohol and sugar concentration. That said, this Pinot Grigio could potentially mature for a maximum period of two years in the bottle, although I would not recommend it. It is much safer to consume it within six months from the date of bottling as the longer it stays in the pantry, the greater the decline of its vibrant varietal character.

How Many Calories Does Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Have?

Santa Margherita has a low-calorie density. There are about 22 calories in 1 fluid ounce of the beverage, equating to a total of 110 calories per serving. The calorie breakdown is 0 grams of fats, 6 grams of sodium, 4 grams of total carbohydrate, 1 gram of protein, and 2 grams of total sugars. Consequently, Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio calories do not pose a threat to consumers on a low-carb diet. Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio alcohol content sits at 12,5% per 750ml bottle, a regular alcohol concentration for medium-bodied white wine.

Conclusion

Pinot Grigio Santa Margherita Valdadige contains all those elements that wine enthusiasts should desire from a Pinot Grigio: A fruit-forward nature and a bright but creamy acidity. As such, Santa Margherita is a tremendous Pinot Grigio, smooth and well-balanced. With every sip, it more than justifies the premium price that it commands. It is a marvelous medium-bodied white wine, taken directly from the crisp Italian Dolomites.

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