Conte D'Attimis-Maniago Pinot Grigio 2006
Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Straw yellow color with slightly coppery ndertones: the characteristic bouquet, elegant and intense is rich in oak, walnut husk, yellow peaches and golden apples. Harmonious and sophisticated with marked yeasty hints, acquired after maturation "sur lies". The wine is lively on the palate where it becomes full and velvety with very persistent ripe fruit flavors. Backing this up is a good degree of alcohol and a pleasant crispness.
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "Bright gold hue. Fresh orange peel, cinnamon and honey aromas. Zesty citrus flavors with caramel and a hint of nutmeg. Juicy, lengthy finish with ample ripe fruit and balancing minerals."
Conte D'Attimis-Maniago Winery
Our Estate is located in Buttrio, in the district of the Colli Orientali del Friuli, a land of gently rolling hills known for its superior wines.The Estate unfolds across 110 hectares, nearly all covered with vineyards, and has belonged to our family for more than 500 years. The ancient records in our family archives contain many interesting references such as how in 1140, ten Buttrio farming contracts were donated to a Benedictine monastery so that the monks could make wine and oil.
We are especially proud of using only grapes produced from our vines, 70% of which are vines grown in our vineyards from selected cloning on our estate. These vines are therefore perfectly suited to the environment and produce truly typical wines. A "great" wine can, of course, only come from a "great" vineyard. View all Conte D'Attimis-Maniago Wines
About Friuli-Venezia GiuliaView a map of Friuli-Venezia Giulia wineries (free-oo-lee veh-netz-ee-ah gwee-yee-ah)
Notable FactsSuccessful grapes of the Friuli include Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. Then of course, there's the famed local variety, Tocai Friulano (not any relation to Tokay d'Alsace or Tokay of Hungary), which produces wine that is floral and nutty in character but light-bodied. Ribolla Gialla, another white grape making wine with the floral notes and acidity common to the region - it is a delicious alternative to the international varieties of the area. Reds are not to be forgotten, although found less often. Merlot is the most planted, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and few indigenous varieties. Most exports are white.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.