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Castello di Spessa
Friulano 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). The most beloved wine from the Friulan people, Friulano has been part of the winemaking tradition of this region from a very long time, better known as Tocai friulano, or the nickname “Tajut” (small glass of wine in Friulian language). Evidence of the presence of this indigenous grape in Friuli dates back to the XI century.

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

Vineyard Location: Capriva del Friuli
Orientation: South east
Elevation: 50 m a.s.l.
Vines Planted: 1991
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: In the glass, the wine is pale straw yellow and glossy
Bouquet: The nose is particularly complex compared to most of the Friulano wines, with fresh hints of bitter almonds and flowery notes of wisteria and rose with a buttery background
Flavor: Full, velvety, soft and complex on the palate with great depth and balance
Pairings: It pairs magnificently with hand-sliced Prosciutto Crudo di San Daniele. Excellent with hard boiled eggs and asparagus or with spring herb frittatas, bean and pearl barley soup or risotto with asparagus tips, artichokes and radicchio di Treviso

Alcohol Content: 14%
Residual Sugar: > 1 g/L
Serving Temperature: 54 °F
Production: 8,600 bts