This is what Pinot Grigio tasted like decades ago before the mass market existed. Note the wine’s ever so slightly gray-pink tinge. Note the full body, the voluptuousness—it does a full malolactic fermentation. Notice also how incredibly clearly it translates its terroir. Yes, this Pinot Grigio is terroir-driven, intensely stony, and I think it will age quite well. A bottle from the 1980s I shared a few years ago with the old proprietor was very special.
|Appellation:||Friuli Colli Orientali|
|Producer:||Vignai da Duline|
|Winemaker:||Federica Magrini, Lorenzo Mochiutti|
|Vineyard:||Planted in 1940 & 1958, 1.36 ha|
|Soil:||Marl-sandstone and limestone flysch|
|Aging:||Aged 7-8 months, 50% in 5-year old 11hl oak barrels, 50% in 5 to 15-year old 2.5hl barrels|
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.
There is so much contained in a glass of good wine, It is a gift of nature that tastes of man's foibles, his sense of the beautiful, his idealism and virtuosity.
Adventures on the Wine Route, pages 232