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.
|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
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