A quick one. I have just acquired two 3- liters of the very fine 2011 Scarbolo Pinot Grigio “Ramato” XL from Friuli. Every wine writer of substance praises Valter Scarbolo for his gorgeous wines, and this particular one is my favorite. The term Ramato means “copper” as the wine is copper colored, reflecting the true color of pinot grigio (aka pinot gris). In any event, the regular bottling is $30 per, but I have these two big boys at $120. This is the most substantial pinot grigio you will find. Here is what The Wine Advocate wrote about this new release a few months ago:

“The 2011 Pinot Grigio Ramato XL is a white wine with a Ramato or “coppery” color from prolonged skin contact. Cranberry and white cherry appear on the bouquet and there are broader aromas of pink grapefruit and melon at the back. Fruit is sourced from the Mattia vineyard and 10% of the wine ages in barrel with frequent batonnage.”

Let me know if interested. Thanks!


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