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Torre Rosazza Pinot Grigio 2011

Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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Winemaker Notes

This straw-colored wine has golden reflections. To the nose, it gives off pronounced floral scents that become fruity, recalling the flavor of ap-ple and ripened pear. The palate will find this wine soft and engulfing as it wisely combines good body with pleasantly acidic nervature, which provides for fresh drinkability. Well-balanced in all its compo-nents, this wine has a good level of persistence.

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Aromatic and well-balanced, this delivers overtones of jasmine and star anise to accent juicy notes of green melon, ripe apricot and a hint of lychee. Shows good focus through to the lingering finish. Mouthwatering. Drink now through 2018.
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Torre Rosazza

Torre Rosazza

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Torre Rosazza, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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Torre Rosazza: in 1979 the company was acquired by Genagricola, who immediately embarks on a process of study and zoning of 90 hectares of vines, to identify the quality of each individual land parcels and find that for exposure and geological properties are better able to interpret the vineyards of the area. For guiding the choices in the cellar, it is in these years Filiputti Walter, who embarks on a journey that is still Torre Rosazza along.

It was he, for example to introduce (probably for the first time in the whole Friuli) the use of barrels for the long aging of red wines, and it was he who gave the "beyond" the line of Ronchi, Cru Torre Rosazza. In these years, was born Altromerlot, wine emblem of Torre Rosazza, and identifier already in the name of a production concept different from the current one at the time, and inspired by the finest French winemaking techniques. Currently, the management of the Company is entrusted wine winemaker Luca Zuccarello.

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.

Pinot Gris/Grigio

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One grape variety with two very distinct personas, Pinot Gris in France is rich, round, and aromatic, while Pinot Grigio in Italy is simple, crisp, and refreshing. In Italy, Pinot Grigio is grown in the mountainous regions of Trentino, Friuli, and Alto Adige in the northeast. In France it reaches its apex in Alsace. Pinots both “Gris” and “Grigio” are produced successfully in Oregon's Willamette Valley as well as parts of California, and are widely planted throughout central and eastern Europe.

In the Glass

Pinot Gris is naturally low in acidity, so full ripeness is necessary to achieve and showcase its signature flavors and aromas of stone fruit, citrus, honeysuckle, pear, and almond skin. Alsatian styles are aromatic, richly textured and often relatively high in alcohol. As Pinot Grigio in Italy, the style is much more subdued, light, simple, and easy to drink.

Perfect Pairings

Alsace is renowned for its potent food–pork, foie gras, and charcuterie. With its viscous nature, Pinot Gris fits in harmoniously with these heavy hitters. Pinot Grigio, on the other hand, with its lean, crisp, citrusy freshness, works better with simple salads, a wide range of seafood, and subtle chicken dishes.

Sommelier Secret

Outside of France and Italy, the decision by the producer whether to label as “Gris” or “Grigio” serves as a strong indicator as to the style of wine in the bottle—the former will typically be a richer, more serious rendition while the latter will be bright, fresh, and fun.

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