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2018 Chardonnay “Ronco Pitotti”

Vignai da Duline
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Don’t focus on the grape variety here, which may mislead you into thinking you’re in for a basic Chardonnay. On this historic, undulating site in Friuli, where vineyards have been terraced and harvested since the sixteenth century, the fruit acts as a mere vehicle for something greater than the sum of its parts. The ponca soil, for example, Friuli’s signature limestone, marl, and sandstone earth, in combination with Lorenzo Mocchiutti’s loving, holistic touch, create a wine with otherworldly vitality and inviting aromatics. The result is generous and intricate, with pulsating acidity. Expect the unexpected when popping the cork.

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2018
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Chardonnay
Appellation: Friuli Colli Orientali
Country: Italy
Region: Friuli
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)
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 13%

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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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