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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

FEATURED WINE: Scarbolo Pinot Grigio "Ramato" XL


PINOT GRIGIO RAMATO




Varietial
Pinot Grigio 100%.

Vineyard
Single vineyard site, “Mattia”.

Average Age
14 years.

Soil Type
The soil is a dark red clay consisting of alluvial deposits, minerals, and calcare.

Vine Training System

Guyot/5,500 vines per hectare.

Harvest
Hand selected in three separate harvests.

Vinification
We start by carefully selecting fruit from our oldest vineyard site. 50% of the fruit is destemmed, and then left with the skins for 4 days at a controlled temperature of 17-19°C. After separating juice from skins, half completes its fermentation in 500 Lt oak tonneaux and the remaining half in stainless steel tanks. The other half of the fruit undergoes a brief cold maceration and is transferred in stainless steel tanks for fermentation.

Aging
Aged on the lees in stainless steel and in oak tonneaux for 14 months with frequent batonnages. Bottle aged for 6 months.

Tasting Notes
A wine of Friulian tradition, Pinot Grigio ramato distinguishes itself by its luminous copper color. The nose exhibits wild strawberry, carob and nuances of rose petals. Expanding on the palate with generous body, revealing mature fruit and a kick of spice and personality. Perfect as an aperitif or alongside baked scallops, grilled scampi…or at the end of a meal paired with fresh cheeses. Serve at 12-14°C.

Accolades:

 91 POINTS - (2008) The first thing readers will notice about the 2008 Pinot Grigio Ramato XL is the rich, amber color that is the result of contact with the skins during vinification. The Ramato offers up gorgeous layers of perfumed fruit and flowers in a soft, totally style. The precise, crystalline finish rounds things out nicely.  – Wine Advocate, Feb ‘11

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