SCHIOPPETTINO - 2019
History says that Schioppettino was the official celebration wine during one of the most glamorous events in Cividale del Friuli: the Rieppi-Caucig marriage in 1282. It is the first written testimony and since then the wine has travelled through centuries with alternating fortunes. It was even put aside during the race for international varieties that followed the phylloxera plague. It was reintegrated among the authorized vines only in 1978. The name seems to come from the outbreak of ripe berries - which have a very thick skin - under the pressure of the fingers or teeth. Schioppettino is also used to add spicy notes to red blends.
DenominationSchioppettino Friuli Colli Orientali DOC
VinificationDestemming of the grapes followed by a complete maceration with pumping over and punching down for a period that varies between 10 and 12 days. The racking occurs right after the end of the alcoholic fermentation.
EvolutionThe alcoholic and malolactic fermentation are completed in stainless steel containers where the wine rests for at least twelve months. A small portion is elevated in French oak barrique. The bottles are stored horizontally in air-conditioned rooms for a few weeks before being sold.
Sensory analysisColour: dark ruby red with evident violet shades.
Nose: a mix of spices ranging from black pepper to cloves, topped up with hints of currant, blueberries, orange juice and undergrowth.
Palate: welcoming and soft tannins accompany the sip and lead towards a balsamic finish with fruity hints.