October 2017—Our 45th Anniversary!
A well-balanced, easy-drinking Merlot with all the depth and complexity one would want, without being overweight and bloated. From an ancient clone of tiny, widely-spaced berries, this is fresh with great structure and character. Settle in with a nice meal and enjoy the journey within this bottle. —Will Meinberg
|Appellation:||Friuli Colli Orientali|
|Producer:||Vignai da Duline|
|Winemaker:||Federica Magrini, Lorenzo Mochiutti|
|Vineyard:||Planted in 1920 & 1999, .32 ha|
|Soil:||Marl-sandstone and limestone flysch|
|Aging:||Aged for 18 mos in 2.5hl oak barrels ranging from the second to eighth passage|
Vignai da Duline Italy | Friuli | Friuli Colli Orientali
Vignai da Duline Italy | Friuli | Venezia Giulia
In the late 1990s Lorenzo Mocchiutti and wife Federica Magrini inherited a few hectares of vines from Lorenzo's grandfather. These vineyards, mostly neglected for decades, were planted primarily with old vines of local grape varieties like Tocai Giallo, Malvasia Istriana, as well as common varieties like Pinot Grigio, and Merlot. This husband and wife team sum up their respectful, holistic approach to vineyard management best: We believe our wines can convey our respect for the delicate balance of our environment, the care and personal attention we afford to every stage of the production process, and our pursuit of the highest quality wine and viticulture. The grapes carry a memory of the earth they grew in.
A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!
Inspiring Thirst, page 117