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La Tunella Bianco Sesto Colli Orientali del Friuli 2008

Other White Blends from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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13.5% ABV
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13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

La Tunella Bianco Sesto 2008 boasts a straw-yellow color, with greenish reflections. A wine of great substance, this white blend has a refined and elegant bouquet of confectionary, vanilla and acacia blossoms, intermingling with the vivacious fresh notes of fruit and white flowers. The palate opens with a delicate, full character, which is both supple and flavorful at the same time. A wine of great character, the distinguishing characteristics of each varietal stand out in its persistent finish, with a slight almond note from the Friulano and the fresh sensations of the Ribolla.

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W&S 93
Wine & Spirits
A 50/50 blend of Friulano and ribolla gialla fermented in large Slovenian oak barrels, Biancosesto is packed with citrus flavors, from orange to pink grapefruit and lemon. It's substantial and ripe while remaining fresh and as clean as rainwater. The texture is round, the flavors clear and direct. For braised polpo.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
If you want to taste the true flavors of Northeast Italy, we recommend you try this wine. Biancosesto is a highly successful marriage of Friulano and Ribolla Gialla (two leading indigenous grapes) that delivers intense aromas of passion fruit, peach, honeysuckle, lemon zest and candied fruit. What sets it apart however is its soft, creamy texture.
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La Tunella

La Tunella

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La Tunella, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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With a family history in winemaking, dating back to the early 1960s in the Eastern hills of the "Colli Orientali del Friuli" wine district, Livio Zorzettig (along with his wife, Gabriella) buy nearly 40 hectares of land, of which 23 hectares (57.5 acres) were planted mostly to grape vines native to the region. The small quantities of wine bottled at the time were sold on the local market to private clients and to small, local inss (osterias) as table wines to rightly accompany the local dishes.

A few months after the purchase, Livio passes away, leaving Gabriella and two sons (14 year old Massimo and 12 year old Marco) to run the business. She decided to continue the family tradition with a passion and didication equal to her late husband and with the firm commitment and support of her sons. Once he finished school, the very young Massimo began to oversee both the vineyards and cellar, moving into the sales, marketing and business end of the wine industry when brother Marco joins him and shows an interest in and talent for vineyard management.

Today Massimo is Sales Manager for La Tunella, traveling the globe to bring the family's high quality wines to various markets all over Italy and abroad, including Great Britain, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Greece, Canada and the United States. Marco is the winery's Vineyard Manager, responsible for 70 hectares of vineyards (more than triple the amount his father started with).

Friuli-Venezia Giulia

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The source of some of Italy’s best and most distinctive white wines, Friuli-Venezia Giulia is where Italian, Germanic, and Slavic cultures converge. This is represented in the styles and varieties of wines produced in this region of Italy's far north-east. Often shortened to just “Friuli,” the area is divided into many distinct subzones, including Friuli Grave, Colli Orientali del Friuli, Collio Goriziano, and Carso. The flat valley of Friuli Grave is responsible for a large proportion of the region’s wine production, particularly the ubiquitous Pinot Grigio and the popular Prosecco. The best vineyard locations are often on hillsides, as in Colli Orientali del Friuli. In general, Friuli boasts an ideal climate for viticulture, with warm sunny days and chilly nights that allow grapes to ripen slowly and evenly.

In Colli Orientali, the specialty is crisp, flavorful white wine made from indigenous varieities like Friulano (formerly known as Tocai Friulano), Ribolla Gialla, and Malvasia Istriana. Red wines, though far less common here, can be quite good, especially when made from the deeply colored, rustic Refosco variety. In Collio Goriziano, which continues into Slovenia, many of the same varieties are planted. International varieties like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc are also common, but they tend to be Loire-like in style with herbaceous character and mellow tannins. Carso’s star grape is the red Teranno, notable for being rich in iron content and historically consumed for health purposes. It has an earthy, meaty profile and is often confused with the distinct variety Refosco.

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With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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