2018 Gradis’Ciutta Friulano
2018 Gradis’Ciutta Friulano The color is straw yellow, luminous and brilliant, with citrus reflections. Intense and persistent with spicy flavors of hay, almond, and dried yellow flowers, finishing with a memory of ripe golden apples. Round, but with a well-balanced savory note, that guarantees great drinking pleasure, with an elegant, deep slight bitterness and sensations of almond on the finish. Aromas of spring blossoms and white stone fruit form the nose along with a whiff of cantaloupe. Linear and racy, the palate offers ripe pear, lemon drop candy and a hint of hazelnut alongside vibrant acidity.
Viticulture has thrived in Colli Orientali del Friuli since the reign of ancient Rome and today its verdant, rolling hills support a long list of autochthonous varieties, each playing a unique and important role in the modern Colli Orientali wine scene.
The region is primarily recognized for its white wines. Its indigenous varieties of Ribolla Gialla, Verduzzo, Picolit and perhaps most importantly, Friulano are made into single varietal wines or blended, and often blended with the international varieties of Sauvignon blanc, Pinot grigio and Pinot bianco. The latter have been flourishing in the area since the 1800s. But it wasn’t until the 1970s when producers started using cold fermentation techniques to produce fresh, fruity, crisp and aromatic whites that this area began to attract international attention.
While reds only make up about a third of the area under vine, Colli Orientali is home to some of Italy’s most exciting and rare red wines. Refosco, Schioppettino, Tazzelenghe and Pignolo are among the autochthonous varieties while Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir also have a stronghold.
Colli Orientali holds much in common with its neighbor, Collio; the only thing dividing them is a political line. Both are influenced by the cooling effects of the Julian Alps and moderated by the Adriatic Sea. A unique soil of alternating marine layers called flysch also dominates Colli Orientali, providing a mineral-rich environment for vine roots and optimal water drainage.