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Vitas Ribolla Gialla 2014

ID No: 442690
Country:Italy
Region:Friuli
Grape Type:Ribolla Gialla
Winery:Vitas
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Straw yellow color with greenish overtones, intense and warm aromas of citrus, pineapple and peach., Full-bodied palate sustained by a acidic grip and a hint of mineral presence. Well-balanced and velvety on the finish.

The grapes are hand-harvested towards the end of August and beginning of September and gently whole-cluster pressed. The free-run juice is kept separate from the press fraction and allowed to cold settle prior to alcoholic fermentation at 18°C. The young wine remains in tank on its lees, with periodical stirring until bottling.

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Vitas Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso 2014

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Intense ruby colour with lively violet reflexes, rich and full bouquet offering a wide variety of sensations like berries and sweet spices. Full taste and great structure, marked freshness and tannic strenght.

20% of the wine is aged 12 months in small Oak barrels, the other 80% are stainless steel.

The grapes are harvested between the end of September and the beginning of October and, after destemming and crushing, fermented on their skins for some weeks at controlled temperature of 22°C. After pressing, the wine undergoes spontaneous malolactic fermentation and is then transferred to a combination of small oak barrels (20%) and stainless steel tanks (80%). After spending several months on lees, the lots are blended, the wine is bottled and laid down for some months before release.

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Vitas Pinot Grigio Friuli 2017

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Straw yellow color with elegant copper-gold overtones.
Elegant and intense bouquet with hints of acacia flowers, dry hay, walnut kernel, yellow peach and golden apple, intertwined with fresh and mineral notes. The palate is well-structured, mineral and flavorful. The alcoholic and fresh note gives the wine a pleasant consistency on the finish.

This variety has French origins, but it has been cultivated in Friuli since the second half of the 18th century where it has found an ideal habitat to reach excellent results. Manual harvest, gentle pressing of the grapes, alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperature (18°C) to enhance the typical flavors of the variety. Aged in stainless steel tanks with a daily pumping over of the must to prevent the clarification. The wine stays on the lees until bottling, then ages in the bottle for an addition 3 months.

Product Description

This grape has a romantic and historical connection to the land. It is believed to have originated in Greece and made it way up to the Friuli-Venezia Giulia by way of Slovenia. Documents dating back to the 1300s show that Ribolla Gialla was planted in the region.

Fresh and floral bouquet and a consistent and rightly acidulous taste. Its pleasant freshness and fruity notes of green apple are enhanced by its characteristic acidity.

Accurate wine making process 'in white'. Soft pressing followed by a 24 hours juice cold settling at 9°C. Alcoholic fermentation at 18°C. The wine is aged until bottling in stainless steel tanks with weekly lees stirring.

Pairs as aperitif, lean appetizers, delicate soups, salty fish and white meat dishes.

Winery: Vitas

The Vitas Estate
The winery has been in the family since 1935, for four generations. It is located in the wine-producing area of DOC Friuli Aquileia, on a clayey-marly and sandy-calcareous soil (the so-called Magredi), one of the ingredients which, together with the influence of the sea, a friendly sun, an average temperature of 14° and the absence of night frosts, create a perfect microclimate for vine-growing.

 

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Marcassin Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2013

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The 2013 Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard may be even better. Notes of caramelized citrus, hazelnut, apple blossom, lemon oil and orange marmalade are all present in this wine of dazzling aromatic and flavor dimension. It is full-bodied, again shows some wet pebbles (which I equate with minerality), vibrant acidity, and no real evidence of any oak. Much like the 2012, the finish goes on for 45+ seconds. This is another killer Chardonnay from Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer. -Wine Advocate 100 Points

What an extraordinary tasting this was at the Marcassin winery just north of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County. Just when you think the duo of Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer can’t make greater wines, they bowl over the taster with an array of exquisite quality that really must be tasted to be believed. Marcassin was probably California’s greatest Chardonnay after the famous Chalone winery fell from the pinnacle and onto hard times in the 1980s (and it has yet to rebound). Moreover, Marcassin set the bar for great Pinot Noir as well. And while both their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have many competitors these days (from the likes of Harford Court, Mark Aubert, Kistler, Kongsgaard, DuMol, Thomas Brown, Peter Michael, Martinelli and Luc Morlet, to name a few), John Wetlaufer and Helen Turley remain the reigning geniuses of these two varietals in California. Certainly, their meticulous attention to detail in both the vineyard and in the winemaking and élevage account for the quality, but they were among the pioneers who saw the unlimited potential from the Sonoma Coast, now a relatively crowded neighborhood. This was a remarkable tasting that simply blew me away, and I have been following their wines since the first Marcassins were made in the early 1990s. By the way, any doubts about aging potential should be crushed immediately, as even in the most challenging vintages in California, Marcassin Chardonnays and Pinots have aged as well as, if not better than just about any grand cru white Burgundy. For example, 1995 and 1996 Chardonnays, particularly those from the Lorenzo Vineyard, are incredibly youthful and dynamic, and the Marcassin Estate Pinot Noir, even from vintages such as 1998, is simply amazing. The three Chardonnays tasted include two perfect wines. Perhaps the closest comparison is not to anything made in California, but a Corton-Charlemagne in a top vintage from the famous Jean François Coche-Dury.



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