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Puiatti Fun Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Sauvignon Blanc from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
    12.5% ABV
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    Winemaker Notes

    This wine is made from three clones of Sauvignon blanc that are close in style to Sancerre wines. Light gold in color and a nice nose of herbs and apple. An elegant wine with hints of herbs, apricot, white peach, white flower. This is a vibrant and fresh wine.

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    Puiatti, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
    Grape varieties are the earth's children, and as such, they are different from one another. Puiatti has always sought to highlight the nature of a variety by exalting its purity and staying true to its essence. It all began in company-owned vineyards located in two important wine-growing areas—10 hectares in Collio.

    The hilly terrain of Collio, which contains a mix of marl and sandstone, hosts both the most typical varieties and autochthonous varieties that yield refined, elegant wines with greater structure. Once work in the vineyard—where the quality of the future wine is determined—is complete, from the pulp of the fruit the juice is extracted through soft crushing at just 0.2 atmospheres. This is the equivalent of the pressure applied by human feet, a carryover from ancient traditions. The must does not stay in contact with the skins; the finished wines are separated from the lees and malolactic fermentation of the white grapes is prevented.

    As always, Puiatti wines strictly ferment and mature without any contact with wood. The wines preserve the correct alcoholic content of the non-overripe fruit, so that they may express its genuine characteristics. The must is removed from the lees at low temperatures. All processes take place in temperature-controlled steel containers.

    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.

    Sauvignon Blanc

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    A crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character, Sauvignon Blanc is responsible for a vast array of wine styles. A couple of commonalities always exist, however—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. The variety is of French provenance, and is important in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. It also shines in New Zealand and California, while Chile and South Africa are excellent sources of high-quality, value-priced Sauvignon Blanc. High-quality Sauvignon Blanc is also produced in Washington State, Australia, and parts of northern Italy.

    In the Glass

    From its homeland in the Loire Valley, where citrus, flinty, and smoky flavors shine through in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume, to Marlborough, New Zealand, where it is pungent, racy, and “green” (think grass, leaves, gooseberries, and bell peppers) and tastes of grapefruit and passionfruit, Sauvignon Blanc has something to offer every wine drinker. In Bordeaux, it is typically blended with Sémillon and Muscadelle to produce a softer, richer style. In California, any of the aforementioned styles can be emulated.

    Perfect Pairings

    The freshness of Sauvignon Blanc’s flavor—from bell pepper and cut grass to passionfruit, gooseberry, and ripe kiwi lend it to a range of light, summery dishes including salad, seafood, and mild Asian dishes. Sauvignon Blanc settles in comfortably at the table with notoriously difficult foods like goat cheese and asparagus. When combined with Sémillon (and perhaps some oak), it can be paired with more complex seafood and chicken dishes.

    Sommelier Secret

    Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is the proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. That green bell pepper aroma that all three varieties share is no coincidence—it comes from a high concentration of pyrazines (an herbaceous aromatic compound) inherent to each member of the family.

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