An extraordinary, embraceable wine from Italy
By W. Peter Hoyne
Wonderful white: The 2010 Cantina Produttori Cormons Pinot Grigio offers vibrant fruit and textural qualities. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Spring is upon us and we are now entitled to daydream about those warm summer nights outdoors enjoying a glass of white. This might provide the perfect introduction to the crisp white wines from Collio, Italy.
Situated in the far northeast corner of Italy, Collio was annexed to Italy after World War I. A larger parcel was given to Slovenia, which is in close proximity and shares the same interest in viticulture, but the whites from Collio, Italy are unique and soil driven. Collio translates as “hills” and within this rolling countryside 85 percent of the total grape production is dedicated to 12 white varietals including the indigenous Friulano, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and others. While only .2 percent of Italy’s wines come from Collio, these may be some of the most memorable whites you can experience.
The 2010 Cantina Produttori Cormons Pinot Grigio will redefine your vocabulary in describing Pinot Grigio. There is nothing ordinary about the style of this wine, but instead it is an intense and focused Pinot Grigio that you will immediately embrace because of its vibrant fruit and textural qualities. The wine is slightly pale with captivating garden floral aromas of freesia and lavender. The yellow currant and melon flavors form a layer of glycerin on your palate with a mouth-feel reminiscent of a rich white wine that you have enjoyed in the past. The penetrating firm yellow fruit stands firm with a thread of lemon cream that caresses every taste bud before leaving your mouth. This is a fleshly white that makes you more curious with each sip because it is unlike any Pinot Grigio that you have tried in recent memory,
W. Peter Hoyne has been a wine journalist for over 20 years, covering stories of national and international significance. While his professional relationships in the wine industry have allowed him to share a unique perspective of wine, he is also intrigued by the culinary aspect and harmony that exist between wine and food. As a wine advocate, he is committed to consumer education and is focused on upcoming trends and American wine-buying habits.