Published by Jeremy. Last Updated on December 1, 2023.
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We have to admit we have a bit of a personal bias against Pinot Grigio.
The wine made from this grape, stylistically speaking at least, is just a bit too simple for our liking. Throw on that the Pinot Gris counterpart here is often just a bit more interesting, mainly because of where it is grown (Alsace, for example), means we generally just don't buy many bottles labeled Pinot Grigio outside of a few instances.
But, as always, we love trying name-brand bottles to see what they're all about, and we did just that with Cavit Pinot Grigio from Valdadige, Italy.
Although this one hit us with what we expected for a flavor profile (and dare we say, pretty spot on at that), this grape and style is still just not for us.
Cavit's Pinot Grigio Hits the Key Points
Cavit's Pinot Grigio was pale lemon in color with medium(-) aromas of lemon, lime, pear, nectarine, yellow apple, and white blossom.
The palate was dry with medium(+) acidity and medium alcohol, body, flavor intensity, and finish. We detected notes of lemon, lime, yellow apple, pear, white blossom, and wet stone with a simple yet straightforward flavor profile.
As expected, the simplicity of this wine was prominent, but we must admit it was a fairly well-made wine all the same. The acidity, flavors, and other components were balanced quite nicely to make this an easy-drinking wine without any components that were too out there.
To put it bluntly, this is the kind of bottle that will disappear quickly and be acceptable to just about anyone who drinks it.
Pinot Grigio Food Pairing – Truffle Pasta
We paired this one with a creamy truffle pasta and felt that the medium(+) acidity was simply not high enough to hold to the intense dish. The wine became a bit flabby on the palate with stronger lemon and lime notes, which, all-around, did not hold up to the intensity of the cream and truffle.
We probably should've seen that one coming; however, we have to admit that we did expect the acidity to be slightly higher in this particular bottle. As such, we probably would stick to pairing this one with dishes that have a strong acid component (say, pasta with tomato sauce) as opposed to anything too fat-forward (like our creamy sauce). That said, this miss was probably more on us than anything.
Score: 2 / 5
We are okay on this one.
As mentioned above, Cavit's Pinot Grigio is a perfectly fine wine. It will please almost all wine drinkers except, perhaps, those who are incredibly discerning and opinionated (which is us!). This is a perfectly acceptable bottle of wine and made quite well. For its low price point, we really have little complaint for what we got. But when it comes to our personal drinking preferences, we always want a bit more- we are simply okay on this one.
Cavit sourced grapes from throughout Valdadige, Italy, for this bottle. We purchased this bottle locally and enjoyed it in 2023. Cavit is available on Wine.com at the time of publication as well.
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