Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso Riserva, Friuli, Antico Broilo 2016

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It displays deep black fruit, warm baking spices and an herbal complexity. It's bright acidity will be welcome at any Italian table and is as beautifully balanced as any Refosco I have ever tasted. It's new oak adds structure and aromatic depth without overpowering the beauty of this indigenous varietal. Refosco dal Peduncolo is widely regarded as the finest clone of Collio's flagship red grape. Named for its red stem, Refosco dal Peduncolo appears in Francesco di Manzano Annals of Friuli, written in 1390. It was a favorite of both Pliny the Elder and Livia, the second wife of Augustus Caesar. The vines are 40 years old and grown 100M above sea level in the famed Zegla cru. It is aged for 24 months in new oak (85% French & 15% American).

"Refosco dal peduncolo rosso, the refosco “of the red stalk,” is the best known of the genetically diverse refosco group. DNA profiling shows a kinship with the varieties teroldego, lagrein, corvina, and corvinella. This wine is organically grown from 50 year old vines on predominately calcerous rich, red clay soils. The grapes are macerated in open tank before native yeast fermentation is finished in neutral French barrique. The wine is bottled with minimal sulfurs after 24 months of elevage in neutral barrique with 10% new oak."

Vintage: 2016
Variety: Refosco
Classification: DOC
Country: Italy
Region: Friuli Venezia Giulia
Appellation: Friuli Colli Orientali DOC
Soil: Red clay and stones
Farming Practice: Conversion Organic under CEVIQ SRL
Vinification: Oak barrique, 10% new
Elevage: 24 months neutral oak barrique
Alcohol: 14%
Acidity: 6.05 g/L
Residual Sugar: 0.2 g/L
Malolactic: Yes

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