The wines showed up and were tasted, and the examples were:
Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio Suditrol Alto Adige 2010 - Pale straw with a nose of apple, chalk, and a hint of sugar. The palate is of ripe green pears, rather juicy with a subtle minerality streak throughout. It feels a bit flabby on the end, is dry despite the sweetness on the nose, but leaves a pleasing fruity finish that lingers.
Valle Isarco Pinot Grigio Suditrol-Eisacktaler Alto Adige 2009 - A bit higher in alcohol, this juice appeared a bit more viscous and golden in the glass. The nose was quite fruity, apples, pears, orchard fruits, but came across a bit simple. The taste was of ripe golden apples up front, with a juicy transition to grapefruit zest and a rather intense minerality. The flavors were consistent and big in this bottle of PG.
Tramin 'Unterebner' Suditrol Alto Adige Pinot Grigio 2009 - Also golden in color with apples and pears on the nose. This wine had a distinct sense of apple skins that added a pleasant dimension to the nose. A similar taste profile of apple juice blended with a deeper floral tone, and a consistent streak of bitter minerality to take the wine through the finish. This wine had a better sense of acid through the finish, suggesting it would taste great with an afternoon salad.
The verdict: These wines looked, smelled, and tasted rather consistent. I like this. It suggests a region that wants to maintain its sense of what to do with this grape. And I will admit, while none of these wines lit me on fire, I can not rightly call them boring. There is appeal here, there is a style here, there is connection to where the grapes are grown in these bottles. I will humble myself slightly to say that while I may not prefer the flavors that Pinot Grigio is bringing, when done with care, as these wines clearly are, it does not always produce a boring wine. If in the past you have thought yourself a bit of an Italian Pinot Grigio fan, I can without reservation suggest the wines of the Suditrol. Well priced (all under $23) nicely structured, and consistent with a sense of place I will eat half my words with a glass of any of these wines.
Disclaimer: These wines were provided as samples with intent to review.