Chardonnay is usually considered more pliable than other varietals, more open to interpretation, a tabula rasa. This is clearly Chardonnay—the classic flavors and aromas are present but it is also a singular expression of the Ronco Pitotti terroir and some seriously hands-off farming. Is it nature or nurture, or a little of both?
|Appellation:||Friuli Colli Orientali|
|Producer:||Vignai da Duline|
|Winemaker:||Federica Magrini, Lorenzo Mochiutti|
|Vineyard:||Planted in 1979, .84 ha|
|Soil:||Marl-sandstone and limestone flysch|
|Aging:||Aged 11 mos in 2.5 hl oak barrel, 7 mos in stainless steel (max 20% new oak)|
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.
Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.
Inspiring Thirst, page 312