2016 Vouvray “Le Portail”Champalou
France | Loire
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It may not be from Burgundy, but it was inspired by it. Our friends at Duline studied their incredible terroir at Ronco Pitotti for years and experimented for many vintages before they were finally ready to release their first Pinot Nero. The resulting wine is nothing short of brilliant and definitely a contender for Italy’s best example, to my palate. Its secret weapon is the soil of ponca (in the local dialect)—a flaky, layered limestone/sandstone rich in minerals—on which the grape is grown. Medium robe, aromatic complexity, elegance, length, silky tannin, and stunning flavor are all on display.
|Appellation:||Friuli Colli Orientali|
|Producer:||Vignai da Duline|
|Winemaker:||Federica Magrini, Lorenzo Mochiutti|
|Vineyard:||Planted in 1940 & 1980, .96 ha|
|Soil:||Marl-sandstone and limestone flysch|
|Aging:||Aged for 11 mos in 2.5 hl oak barrels ranging from the second to eighth passage|
Vignai da Duline Italy | Friuli | Friuli Colli Orientali
For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.
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