Venica and Venica Jesera Pinot Grigio 2019

Wine Enthusiast 92 | Vinous 92

This is an absolutely delicious wine that turns Pinot Grigio’s reputation totally upside down. It is sourced mainly from a two hectare single vineyard named "Jesera", supplemented with grapes from four other neighboring vineyards. "Jesera" translates to "little lake" in Slovenian, and the wine takes the name from a stream that runs at the bottom of the vineyard. While not full on “orange wine”, it does get its slightly copper/brick/salmon tinge from a long maceration on the skins (most whites are pressed off immediately, with some vintages as long as 24 hours. Around 10% of wine is aged in large barrels (20-27 hectoliter) with the rest in stainless steel. The result? A compelling dry wine with loads of character, medium bodied with lovely texture and tension from start to finish. Full;er, broader and WAY more interesting than ordinary PG!!



Country: Italy

Region: Collio Goriziano

Variety: Pinot Grigio

Terroir: calcareous marl and flysch sandstone

Winemaking: hand picked and de-stemmed; macerated for 4/8 hours at a temperature of 14 ° C directly in the presses; on the lees for 6 months both in large 20/27 HL wooden barrels (for 10%) and in steel containers (for 90%)

Wine Enthusiast 92
This copper-colored wine has a perfumed nose evoking spring wildflowers and white stone fruit with whiffs of wild herb. The savory palate features juicy peach, white cherry and ginger notes alongside tangy acidity.

Vinous 92
The 2019 Pinot Grigio Jesera has a pretty pink color with copper hues strewn throughout. It’s wonderfully fresh and lifted, showing white strawberry, apple, a dusting of confectioners’ sugar and hints of candied ginger. Silky textures flesh out across the senses, weightier than expected yet perfectly balanced by brisk acids, taking on a more savory persona, as notes of peach and melon give way to zesty exotic spices. There’s an almost-Asian peppery note here coupled with the wine’s inner florals that excites the senses. The Jesera really makes the case for skin-contact Pinot Grigio and will appeal to a broad range of palates.


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