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2016 Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso “Morus Nigra”

Vignai da Duline
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If you love light-to-medium-bodied reds from Burgundy, Beaujolais, or the Loire but want to branch out into something Italian, there is no better place to turn than Vignai da Duline’s “Morus Nigra.” Lorenzo Mocchiutti farms his Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso grapes, planted in flysch and red clay, following an organic approach. The only rosso that he ferments in oak vats—as opposed to stainless steel tanks—the Morus Nigra is silky, with a perfectly integrated tannic structure. The first thing you’re likely to notice is the explosive frutti di bosco—brambly fruit—followed by just the right amount of acidity. Lorenzo says that without Refosco’s natural acidity, the wine would be overly jammy. The fruit and acid are here in perfect proportion, leaving you with one of northern Italy’s prettiest rossi. This is a great cellar candidate, so don’t be shy about grabbing a few more bottles for your future pleasure. Recommended pairings: mushroom risotto and roast fowl or lamb. 

Tom Wolf


Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Refosco
Appellation: Friuli Colli Orientali
Country: Italy
Region: Friuli
Producer: Vignai da Duline
Winemaker: Federica Magrini, Lorenzo Mochiutti
Vineyard: Planted in 1996 & 2005, 1.71 ha
Soil: Limestone and clay red soil and Marl-sandstone and limestone flysch
Aging: Aged 11 months in 2.5hl oak barrels (max 30% new oak)
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About The Region

Friuli

map of 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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