Italian pinot noir is usually an oxymoron, like the term “confirmed rumor.” So what is the Wine Curmudgeon doing writing about an Italian pinot noir?
Because the Vigneti (about $13) is a surprisingly enjoyable wine. Does it taste like it came from Burgundy, California or Oregon? Nope. But it’s not supposed to. Instead, it tastes like it came from Italy, and that the Italians made a considerable effort to improve the quality of the wine.
The Vigneti has some pinot fruit character and it is as light as it should be, without the harsh tannins or extra acid that many cheap pinots have (because, for pinot noir, $13 is cheap). There is also an almost tar-like flavor at the back that wasn't necessarily unpleasant, nor as pronounced as it is in other cheap pinots. Drink this on its own or with burgers and pizza.