Livon, Friuli Colli Orientali (Venezia Giulia, Italy) Pinot Grigio 2020

($16, Angelini Wine Company):  Though an entirely different style of Pinot Grigio from the Poggiobello (also reviewed this week), Livon’s is equally enjoyable.  It transmits the barest hint of copper color that comes from normal coloration of the Pinot Grigio grape when there has been some skin contact during fermentation.  Spicy and fresh, it is distinctly more mineraly rather than floral.  A palate-awakening edginess and a hint of bitterness in the finish add appeal to this very attractive Pinot Grigio.  Better suited for the table, it would be perfect with chicken bathed in a light tomato sauce.
92 Michael Apstein Jan 11, 2022