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2016 Friuli Colli Orientali Pinot Grigio “Ronco Pitotti”

Vignai da Duline

2016 Friuli Colli Orientali Pinot Grigio “Ronco Pitotti” Vignai da Duline - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

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. Yes, this Pinot Grigio is terroir-driven, intensely stony, and it should age quite well. A bottle from the 1980s shared a few years ago with the old proprietor was very special.

Ronco Pitotti is a terraced amphitheater ideally situated to capture the sun’s rays throughout the day. The soil is flysch, a sedimentary rock composed of alternating strata of marl and sandstone. These layers are derived from an ancient seabed and can be seen in some parts of the vineyard crumbling away to create a dusty topsoil. Surrounded by woodland, Ronco Pitotti enjoys an idyllic isolation amid nature, with flourishing biodiversity of local fauna and flora.


Dixon Brooke

$45.00
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Pinot Grigio
Appellation: Friuli Colli Orientali
Country: Italy
Region: Friuli
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
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Production: 2000 cases
Alcohol: 13%

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About Friuli

Friuli may be forever tied to its bland, acidic Pinot Grigios, which at one point saturated the export market, but a deeper look reveals a captivating array of unique grape-growing sites, distinctive indigenous varieties, and passionate small growers keen on preserving a rich tradition of winemaking.

Here in Italy’s northeast corner, the region is shared between the Julian Alps in the north and plains leading to the Adriatic Sea in the south, bound by the Veneto to the west and Slovenia to the east. While it is one of the wettest regions of Italy—and all of Europe, for that matter—Friuli benefits from the push-and-pull of cool air currents from the mountains meeting warmer breezes from the Adriatic. A crescent-shaped slice of foothills, where both play a role, tends to produce the region’s finest wines.

Nothing is more emblematic to Friulian wine than a crisp, peachy Ribolla Gialla served with thinly sliced prosciutto San Daniele, a local specialty. And yet, this only begins to tell the story: high-acid, mineral-driven whites from a number of local varieties including Tocai Friulano, Pinot Grigio, and Malvasia range from light and crisp to powerful and age-worthy, complementing Adriatic shellfish, hearty mountain cheeses, and everything in between. Native reds like Schioppettino, Terrano, and Refosco all have something unique to say, while there has even been significant success with French varieties like Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Merlot, all long established in the region.

Friuli’s diversity is its strength, and it keeps us coming back for more. In fact, Kermit imported one of the region’s first organic growers toward the start of his career; our more recent collaboration with producers like Vignai da Duline is a testament to the enormous potential when devoted artisans put their hearts into Friuli’s fascinating terroir.

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I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.

Inspiring Thirst, page 171

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