2020 Friuli Colli Orientali Azienda Agricola Visintini
|Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso
|Italy, Friuli Venezia Giulia
|Friuli Colli Orientali
30% aged in wood, rest in inox. Oliviero tells us that Refosco is really not easy to grow, must be cautious about the maturity. Not all the bunch matures evenly and so you usually have to chop the bottom of the bunches off.. So this is a labour of love - and we are glad they have the patience for it as the results are super.
Always good with natural acidity Refosco has lots of natural colour - not such huge tannins. The Visintini's 2019 is delicious. A 'New World Pinot Noir like feel and texture - good and clean but nicely ripe red and black fruits. Nice straightening line of juicy zip too. L&S (Mar 2023)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles of wine (or 9 litre equivalent) or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified (4.5 litres) to get the discounted 'case price' for each bottle.
Certified organic. Dark greyish crimson. Powdery, dusty impression over the leafy, peppery dark fruit. Aromatic in a savoury way. Fine, dry texture. So mouth-watering, lightly textured and long. GV (JH) 14% Drinking range: 2023 - 2027 Rating: 16.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2023)
Azienda Agricola Visintini
Founded in 1973 by Andrea Visintini, this twenty-four hectare estate has vineyards in Collio, Collio Orientali and Grave del Friuli, and is now controlled by the new generation of Oliviero and his twin sisters Cinzia and Palmira. The wines are beautifully made, each with wonderful expression of both the grape and the 'terroir'. Vineyard practices are now entirely biodynamic, and certified this year. These wines are also extraordinarily good value in what is generally a highly priced region.
With the 2014 vintage the family have unveiled the brilliant new labels for each of the wines - with the beautiful botanical drawings of flavours or fruits that relate to the flavour profiles in each different varietal. The wines are great too - in a far from straightforward vintage - beautiful fruit definition and lovely bright minerality.
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