Primosic Collio Belvedere Friulano 2008
Although the land registers from Maria Theresa’s reign time mention some names of the first tenant farmers paying their duty to the monks of the nearby Sabotino mountain just with wine, the first name that tells the family story is the one of Carlo Primosic. At the end of 800 he provided merchants with wine which was transported in big wooden barrels from what was at that moment the south of the Austrian-Hungarian empire to Vienna.
The World War I was a disaster both for the people and the plantations on the Collio and in Gorizia. It wasn’t possible to recover from the destruction and the family tragedies until the World War II was over. The first private sales in the 50’s and the influence of young Veneto oenologists enabled Silvano Primosic to relaunch and specialize his wine production activity. The first grape harvest was bottled in 1956 and soon arrived the expressions of recognition of quality from Italy and abroad.
In 1967 The Collio Society was founded and Silvano was one of its first supporters: no wonder that the "number one" bottle of the society came exactly from the Primosics’ company.
The most important events of the recent family story were the ten-year stages such as building the new wine- shop and the present centre in 1979 and starting the quality selection in 1989. This way the wines which express the Primosics’ "philosophy" have been created: the Klin and the Gmajne-the names that derive from the oral tradition, the plots and lands where the Primosic grapes grow.
Today the people in charge of the grapevines and the wine cellar are Marko and Boris who are Carlo’s great-grandsons.
Collio is a crescent-shaped sub region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia that hugs right up against the Slovenian border. It is perfectly situated for growing wine grapes, especially of the white variety.
The Julian Alps to Collio’s north allow the influx of cool, nighttime breezes, while the Adriatic Sea to its south regulates the region’s temperatures. The area contains flysch soils, a layered, sedimentary rock that formed millions of years ago as continents collided under the sea. Today the flysch soils that dominate the hills of Collio provide an interesting substrate for vine roots, with measurable mineral variations within small areas. The fractured layers of flysch soils also facilitate drainage and deepening of vine roots.
The region boasts a unique set of indigenous white varieties including Friulano, Ribolla gialla, Malvasia and the rare, Picolit. International whites—Pinot grigio, Pinot bianco, Sauvignon (blanc) and Chardonnay—have also been in the area for well over 100 years. Today Collio is often associated with crisp, clean, floral and fruity whites. But in recent years, there has been a resurgence in popularity of the ancient Slovenian style of fermenting white grapes on their skins. This process retains additonal colors and phenols, producing a complex finished wine with an orange hue, warranting the term, "orange wines."
Reds are far less common but the indigenous Pignolo makes an age-worthy red, and the international varieties Merlot and Cabernet grow here as well.
Thriving in the NE Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia near the border of Slovenia, Friulano makes a uniquely high-pitched and vibrant white with a delicate perfume. Extensive in the area by the early 1930s, today Friulano grows in all of the best zones and is usually, but not always, bottled as a single-varietal wine. Somm Secret— The Friulano grown today, while named for its present home of Friuli, is actually the Sauvignonasse grape, a minor cultivar that came from Bordeaux.