Giocato (pronounced jo-KAHT-o) in Italian means to play, to have fun. And few things go with moments of pleasure like this bright and remarkably crisp Pinot Grigio!
Made by cult-winemaker Aleks Simčič, this Pinot Grigio would cost 40% more if made just two miles to the west. It hails from Goriška Brda in Slovenia, an area which was part of Italy’s esteemed Friuli region through the end of WWII. Simčič is himself considered by Stephen Tanzer to be perhaps the best winemaker in Eastern Europe, and his top wines sell for hundreds of Euros throughout the Old
World. Generous and unoaked, this mouthwatering wine is a lovely Pinot Grigio at a great price.
While the family’s farm in western Slovenia is too tiny to produce his popular Giocato line, Aleks Simcic works with a handful of organic growers in and around his village to create his affordable masterpieces. Here, Aleks applies the same lofty standards as he does with the single estate wines of Edi Simčič.
Color Straw yellow
Nose Fresh white peach and river stones
Palate Bright green apple and warm citrus
Finish Clean, medium+ finish
VINEYARD & VINIFICATION
Vineyard Location Goriska Brda, Primorska
Vineyard Size 60 ha
Varietals List 100% Pinot Grigio
Farming Practices Organically farmed (non-certified) including dry-farmed; grapes picked by hand
Elevation 100 m
Soils Ponca (clay)
Maturation Summary Bottled for 2 months
Alcohol 13.0 %
Acidity 6.2 g/liter
Residual Sugar 1 g/liter
Annual Production 160,000 bottles