Collavini T-Friulano 2015
The turret on the west-facing wall, once built as a point of observation to monitor the surrounding countryside, still gives a glimpse of the marvelous panorama stretching across the hills of Rosazzo, Ruttars and Cormons.
Once in the wine cellar, the senses are completely enraptured by the colors and scents of the old “Turian” vineyard, the same ancient Ribolla Gialla lot where this grape variety was planted again.
Our tradition is to focus on our vineyards and to introduce technological innovations in our cellar.The accurate restoration of our tradition is strictly connected to the attention given to our vineyards and to the technological innovations introduced in the cellar. As an example, we utilize a horizontal orientation of autoclaves, in which our Ribolla Gialla is aged for more than thirty months. Then there is the drying room; a low temperature and ventilated area where the best bunches of grapes are taken to concentrate the aromas and fruit giving body and elegance to the wine.
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,locally known as, ponca, 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.