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Friday, August 2, 2019
Friulian Reds with Zorzettig
gets me more excited when it comes to Italian wine than having the
opportunity to taste grapes that I don’t too often have the opportunity
to taste. Going to the Gambero
Rosso event in Boston earlier this summer provided me that
opportunity. This month our Italian Food, Wine & Travel group is
exploring wines of northeastern Italy including reds, whites, sparkling,
dessert wines. Heck anything goes this month.
you’re a regular reader of my blog you know that I love the white wines
of northern Italy, specifically northeastern Italy. Not too often do I
taste the reds, but I’ll jump at any opportunity to do so. At the Gambero Rosso even I discovered the wines of Zorzettig located in the Friuli Venezia Giulia wine region. Today I want to share with you their red wines including schioppettino and refosco.
The winery ~ Zorzettig
Zorzettig is located in the hills of Spessa di Cividale of the area of Colli Orientali. With generations upon generations of winemaking in the family today the winery is managed by Annalisa Zorzettig with the help of her brother’s assistance in the vineyard. Other generations including Annalisa’s daughter Veronica and young granddaughter will be following in her footsteps one day. Their production is quite large with over 900k bottles annually.
Zorzettig family ~ Copyright of Zorzettig
The land ~ Colli Orientali
The Colli Orientali is one of the respected wine producing areas of Friuli. It’s found just north of Collio
in the eastern part of Friuli at the foothills of the Pre-Alps. The
vineyards were built there by the legionnaires of Julius Caesar. Due to
the steep hillsides the vineyards are terraced to allow easier
cultivation of the grapes and hand harvesting of the grapes.
Copyright of Zorzettig
The grapes ~ Schioppettino & Refosco
Schioppettino and refosco
aren’t two grapes I have covered a lot in the 6 years since I started
my blog so am always happy to share them once I find ones I’ve enjoyed.
Schioppettino, pronounced skee-oh-pet-tino, is one of Friuli’s native red grapes. It’s also known as ribollanera. This grape faced extinction since it was challenging to grow, but was rescued in the 1970’s by the Rapuzzi family and the Mayor of Prepotto.
It’s darkly colored with notes of black fruits and some spice. It’s a
full-bodied wine with intensity, structure, high acid and tannins. They
usually will age well as well.
Refosco dal Peduncolo
Rosso, another native red grape of Friuli, is found throughout the
region with its home in Carso. The name of the grape means “from the
red stem” and is due to the fact that the stalk turns red once the
grapes have ripened. Refosco
can produce different styles depending upon the use of oak or not.
Medium to full-bodied it lends red and black fruit notes with herbs and
spice. Another grape high in tannins and acid.
I was informed at the tasting that the word schioppettino comes from the verb scoppiare meaning to burst as the skins explode during fermentation. Made of 100% schioppettino.
With a nose of black pepper and green bell peppers. Rather lighter
than I expected close to medium bodied. A soft wine with notes of
forest berries. At this price point it’s quite the bargain. SRP $10-12
2015 ZorzettigRefosco dal Peduncolo Rosso Myo
grapes hail from the oldest vineyards of the estate and was a project
started in 2008 with a new selection of grapes both native and
international. The project is named MyoVigneti di Spessa. Vigneti meaning vineyards of Spessa. Myo stems from an ancient Friulian ballade based on the simplicity of daily living. Zorzettig felt Myo
was the best name for these wines due to their pride and respect for
their land and their labor of love put forth in the vineyards.
From the Friuli Colli Orientali DOC, this wine was my favorite of the two. Made of 100% refosco. Deep ruby red in color. Moderate tannins with nice, crisp acidity. Black fruits and ripe raspberries. Good overall body and structure. SRP $20
Join my fellow wine and food loving friends as they share their choices for northeastern wines of Italy. If you catch this in time we will be live on Twitter Saturday at 11am EST @ #ItalianFWT. See you there!