Pigro Wines of Italy, great label art and great value wine

Today, I find myself working with my newest label, from Pigro Wines, which is sooooo cute.  Hailing from Italy, this wine, from winemaker Stefano Moccagatto and importer, Giulio Galli, and local distributor, Constantine Wines. 

 

The theme of Pigro, the world traveling pig, is just fun. The actual translation of pigro is 'laxy, but this lil piggy is far from that. He is a busy, social traveler, seeking the happiness and joy in life. Driven by his enthusiasm to discover the most beautiful corners of the world and naturally of Italy, his expert little snout helps him select native wines, high in quality without breaking the bank. Wines to be enjoyed every day, any day.  A side note, an image of a man wearing a cloak appears in each lens of  Pigor's eye glasses.

 

 

Pigro Chianti Classico 2014 DOCG. 89. James Suckling

This chianti is sustainably created with grapes sourced at Villa Cafaggio covers approximately 60 hectares, of which 30 are cultivated as specialised vineyards and about 10 as olive groves. The remaining area is woodland. Situated in the hamlet of Greve in Chianti, in Panzano, the estate is nestled in the ‘Conca d’Oro’ (Golden basin), an area recognised as the finest zone for producing Chianti Classico.

 

A deep ruby red color. This wine's aroma is intense, fruity, and forward with notes of ripe red fruits, blackberry, black currant and sweet spices, harmonious structure; soft tannins & well complexed, a long finish. Partly aged in French oak barrels for 6-8 months. Food: roasted red meat, pecorino cheese, charcuterie & steak.

 

Pigro Pinot Grigio, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

Pinot Grigio comes from an ancient vine originally cultivated in Alsace and grown this wine is now beautifully produced on the hillsides in Trento-Alta using sustainable practices, as per North America Field Manager at Ethica Wines Inc, the wines importer.

This Pinot Grigio is tank-fermented at a cool temperature for freshness. It opens with bright apple and grapefruit/citrus notes carried on a crispy, refreshing body. It’s made for early drinking with salads, grilled fish and shellfish and cold cuts.

Pigro Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2014

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is a wine made from the Montepulciano grape in the Abruzzo region. Perfect balance between sand and clay. A young and immediately drinkable wine: ruby-red color with violet tints, delicate aromas of plum and morello cherry, robust and full-bodied in the mouth, slightly tannin-rich with a dry and flavorful finish. Pairs well with a whole variety of foods, thanks to its natural acidity. Why not pair it with, well yes, pork shoulder or pork chops!

The wine is a great under $18 retail value.

Patti Neumann is  Founder of Sip & Swirl Society & Publisher of CITYPEEK.com, an award-winning blog. Email ceo@citypeek.com

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