GRAPES: PINOT GRIS
SKIN CONTACT: 7-10 DAYS
REGION: FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA, ITALY
Vinification method: Borders are blurred in the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, a region famed for its white (and orange) wines located in the most northeast corner of Italy. The region shares borders (and cultural/language influence) with Slovenia and Austria. So while winemaker Dario Prinčič's "Sivi" is technically an Italian wine, his tiny village of Oslavia is located right on the border between Slovenia and Italy.
Dario works about 10 hectares of steeply terraced clay-limestone soils (not far from colleagues and friends Radikon and Gravner) using organic methods. Likewise, in the cellar only wild yeast is used for fermentation. The hand-harvested Pinot Gris grapes macerate on the skins for 7-10 days and age in separate, differently sized local wood vessels for 2 years before being bottled with no fining, filtration and only minimal added SO2
Tasting notes: full bodied with notes of red plum, pink grapefruit, winter spice, dried apricot, fresh fig, hibiscus, bergamot tea and full of layers
Pairings: Roasted duck
Mix and match 3, 6 or 12 bottles!