Made with care, Pinot Grigio can be truly satisfying and flavourful, and this 2016 Vivace is a great example of what the grape can do in the Okanagan. Bright but not bland, fruity but not sweet, present on the palate without any heaviness, it finds a really great balance. Very enjoyable food wine, more than just a patio sipper.
PINOT GRIS MAY BE BC’S TOP WHITE, AND MOST VERSIONS HOLD TO A MORE ALSATIAN MODEL, BUT TRUE TO LA STELLA’S ITALIAN ORIENTATION THIS IS VERY MUCH A GRIGIO MODEL, WITH A LIGHT, ZESTY STYLE. THE NOSE SHOWS NICELY LIFTED LEMON, NECTARINE, GOOSEBERRY AND FRESH HERBS. IT IS VERY REFRESHING AND EDGY, SOMEWHAT BITTER ON THE FINISH. VERY GOOD INTENSITY AND BRIGHT. EXCELLENT LENGTH.
THIS, MY FIRST TASTE OF LA STELLA’S PINOT GRIGIO, IS MEMORABLE. FROM THE PALE GREYISH TINGE TO THE EFFUSIVE AROMATICS IN THE RIPE CITRUS AND FRESH ORCHARD FRUIT (APPLE, PEAR, WHITE PEACH) SPECTRUM, AND THE BALANCED, FLAVOURFUL PALATE, THIS IS SOLID WINE. THERE’S A PLEASANT BIT OF PHENOLIC GRIP AND ATTENDANT FAINT BITTERNESS, AS IS TYPICAL FOR THE VARIETY, WHICH SERVES AS A COUNTERPOINT TO RIPE FRUIT ALONGSIDE MORE THAN SUFFICIENT ACIDS. VERY GOOD LENGTH. DRINK OR HOLD SHORT TERM.
This is such an impressive bottle of pinot grigio. As lively and bright as its name suggests, Vivace is back to its tighter, leaner form in 2016. Early picked, the fruit is sourced from vineyards 16 to 30 years old along the Golden Mile, Naramata Bench and as far north as Peachland. It spends five months on its lees for a welcome slip of padding under a bone-dry frame. Asian pear, green melon, yellow apple, mandarin blossom with fine, zesty spicing on a snappy, bitter lemon finish. An ideal counterpart to simply steamed clams or grilled halibut, and a style I wish more BC wineries would follow.