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Castello di Spessa
Pinot Grigio Collio DOC
Friuli Venezia Giulia

The history of Collio’s vineyards dates back to pre-Roman times and crosses the Middle Ages, a period when the wines from Collio were valued throughout Europe. The Consorzio Tutela Vini del Collio was created in 1964, one of the first wine assocations in Italy, and in 1968 it received the recognition of the Denomination of Origin (Collio DOC). Pinot grigio originated in Burgundy, but found its way to Switzerland in the 1300s. From here the grape made its way to northern Italy, where it became the most popular white wine of Italy, and then the most popular imported white wine in the U.S.


Owner: Loretto Pali
Website: www.castellodispessa.it
Winemaker: Enrico Paternoster
Type: White wine
Varietals: 100% Pinot Grigio

Vineyard Location: Capriva del Friuli
Orientation: South east
Elevation: 50 m a.s.l.
Vines Planted: 1986
Trellising: Guyot
Vines/Acre: 6,000/Ha
Yield/Acre: 60 q/Ha
Soil: Flysch (locally called “Ponca”) consisting of marl and sandstone

Vinification
Fermentation in stainless steel tanks/ 21 days at 16° C

Aging Process
The wine is left to refine in stainless steel tanks of 50 Hl for 6 months and 2 months in the bottle before the release

Tasting Notes
Color: Intense pale golden yellow color
Bouquet: The nose exudes fruit notes of apple, damson plums and hawthorn opening up to pineapple, grapefruit and pear notes that blend with the floral aromas of acacia and broom
Flavor: On the palate it immediately shows good acidity, well-orchestrated by pleasant softness and good structure, followed by a warm mouth feel so as to reach the perfect balance
Pairings: Excellent with fried fish and grilled fatty fish; perfect with pasta and risotto with vegetables

Alcohol Content: 14%
Residual Sugar: > 1 g/L
Serving Temperature: 54 °F
Production: 6,600 bts