Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Grignolino varietal wine

Apart from the Freisa and Ruche varietal wines, the Grignolino varietal wine is one other red wine which shows itself as a light bodied, ruby red coloured wine coming from Piedmont. These 3 varietals give consumers an option to start an evening with something on the 'light bodied, fresh red fruits side' before progressing to medium and full bodied options for the later part of the evening. 

Local wine consumers tend to be more familiar with the Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetta varietals coming from Piedmont rather than the other 3 varietals mentioned above. But a country like Italy which is noted for having the largest number of native grape varietals has a treasure trove of wines to offer for the curious wine enthusiast who is willing to venture further afield to discover something different to try and taste.

Francesco Rinaldi & Figli Grignolino d'Asti 2019

This Francesco Rinaldi & Figli Grignolino d'Asti 2019 comes from the municipality of Montaldo Scarampi, Piedmont. Pale red-ruby colour greets the eye (one would almost think its a rose wine). Floral aromas are noticeable followed by sour red cherry and strawberry notes. Palate follows through with similar profile of red fruits backed by spice notes. Lively acidity keeps the wine fresh while noticeable tannins in the finish adds to the character. Tannins does not come as harsh, bold or overpowering though.

Wine trivia:

Grignolino in local Italian dialect refers to 'pips' (highlighting the fact that this varietal has a greater number of pips then other grape varietals). 

Apart from Grignolino d'Asti DOC, the other DOC appellation notable for this varietal is 'Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese DOC'. Some of the other DOCs it can be found are Colli Tortonesi, Gabiano and Monferrato.

In Singapore you can get this wine via Luigi's Wines Pte Ltd.

Happy Sips!

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