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Tunella Colmatiss Sauvignon Blanc 2020

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The White Cru, Colmatìss Sauvignon is a single vineyard wine that comes from three small distinct plots located in Cividale del Friuli from vines planted in the 80's. Strictly following the Friulian winemaking tradition, the must obtained after a gentle crushing undergoes fermentation and ages sur lie in big Slavonian oak barrels with frequent bâtonnage. Pale yellow and brilliant greenish hues. Truly rich aromatic with elegant green and fruity notes: sage, mint, yellow peaches and lychees are combined with exotic fruits and grapefruit laying on a mineral basis. The intriguing palate with flavors enhanced by a delicate salty sensation is well combined with the lively acidity crossing the compact structure inviting for another sip.

Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

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James Suckling
Green mango, lime curd and passion fruit on the nose. Some sage and tomato leaf, too. Medium-bodied with a fruity, creamy and flavorful palate. Drink now.
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Tunella, 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).

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Colli Orientali del Friuli Wine

Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

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Viticulture has thrived in Colli Orientali del Friuli since the reign of ancient Rome and today its verdant, rolling hills support a long list of autochthonous varieties, each playing a unique and important role in the modern Colli Orientali wine scene.

The region is primarily recognized for its white wines. Its indigenous varieties of Ribolla Gialla, Verduzzo, Picolit and perhaps most importantly, Friulano are made into single varietal wines or blended, and often blended with the international varieties of Sauvignon blanc, Pinot grigio and Pinot bianco. The latter have been flourishing in the area since the 1800s. But it wasn’t until the 1970s when producers started using cold fermentation techniques to produce fresh, fruity, crisp and aromatic whites that this area began to attract international attention.

While reds only make up about a third of the area under vine, Colli Orientali is home to some of Italy’s most exciting and rare red wines. Refosco, Schioppettino, Tazzelenghe and Pignolo are among the autochthonous varieties while Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir also have a stronghold.

Colli Orientali holds much in common with its neighbor, Collio; the only thing dividing them is a political line. Both are influenced by the cooling effects of the Julian Alps and moderated by the Adriatic Sea. A unique soil of alternating marine layers called flysch also dominates Colli Orientali, providing a mineral-rich environment for vine roots and optimal water drainage.

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Capable of a vast array of styles, Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character. Though it can vary depending on where it is grown, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. This variety is of French provenance. Somm Secret—Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is a 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 (herbaceous aromatic compounds) inherent to each member of the family.

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