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Castello di Spessa
Pinot Bianco 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). One of the flagships of the winery, this elegant grape has found its ideal terroir on the hills of Collio, where the yields are very low, thus giving extremely smooth, structured wines that can age for a very long time.


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

Vineyard Location: Capriva del Friuli
Orientation: North 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 for 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: Straw yellow in color with golden hues
Bouquet: Full on the nose, recalls flavors of ripe and tropical fruit such as pineapple, cantaloupe, banana, and baked apple
Flavor: Dressed with a tantalizing note of butter, the mouth entry is very well-balanced and the finish is long and persistent.
Pairings: Ideal with light appetizers, steamed fish and sea fish, delicate fish risotto and pasta or vegetable soups, spaghetti with red mullet, tagliatelle with saffron flatfish, seafood soup with polenta, oven-baked gilthead bream, turbot with potatoes

Alcohol Content: 14%
Residual Sugar: 1.5 g/L
Serving Temperature: 54 °F
Production: 9,900 bts