Italian Pinot Noir

I must say, Italian Pinot Noir took me by surprise. I must not be up on things because I didn’t really even realize that Pinot Noir is grown in Italy! Jay of Branford Wine and Spirits in Connecticut gave me this bottle to try when I stopped in to pick up some wine over July 4th this year. The wine is a 2005 Banfi Sartori Pinot Noir from Di Verona. It clocked in at 13% alcohol by volume and had a real cork closure. I think it retails for around $10.

On the nose I found bright red fruit, strawberry, cherry, candied red currants, perfumed spice, flowers, and oak. I thought for the price point, the wine displayed fairly consistent varietal characteristics on the nose.  In the mouth I got black cherry, some earth, oak, spice, and a bit of espresso.  The mouth was darker than I expected based on the nose.  It had some tannins on the back palate. For the price point, if you’re looking for some easy drinking Pinot Noir, this a good bet.


7 Responses

  1. Looking forward to trying this, thanks for the review!

  2. I’ve seen a few Italian pinots but have been skeptical…now I’ll give one a try!

  3. Interesting, I’m going to have to look for Italian pinot. There’s gotta be some around London.

  4. Thanks all! Definitely a different wine for me…I’d try another one, but maybe not this one!

  5. Found your page searching for “Italian Pinot.” I’m drinking one now, to my surprise; the label is from a well-known California family, and last’s year’s wine (same label) was from Australia.

    Not bad, for an inexpensive wine.

  6. Thanks for stopping by and commenting RobtA.

  7. I just tried this wine about a week ago at dinner with some friends at arestaurant in New York. I chose it for several reasons – I hadn’t yet tasted a wine from Verona, I never had an Italian Pinot (didn’t know they made one) and a good value price point. What a pleasant surprise. Velvevty smooth and a perfect companion to our variety of Italian meals. Everyone raved about it. I’ve been trying to find it locally since. If you see a bottle, grab it. You won’t be disappointed.

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