Le Vigne di Zamo Ramato Friuli Pinot Grigio Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC 2013


Exquisite. A rose coloured white wine for red wine drinkers. Seriously!

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The first vineyards the Zamo family purchases was 5ha in the heart of Friuli in 1979. Less than ten years later they had their first Tre Bichieri wine awarded by the Gambero Rosso. Expansion and improvement has been slowly happening but the key to their continued success over the years is listening and observing the flow of nature and what is happening in the vineyards.

Copper (Ramato) tinged due to skin contact. That is right, the Grey Pinot has pink skin! Exquisite nose, almost red wine like if you close your eyes. Bubblegum, rose petals, ironstone, melons, grapes, peach, cherries, honeyed. It is ever evolving and so lovely to smell. The palate is weighty, sweetly fruited with a driving acid and structure, long length and complex flavours. This is stunning. Don’t serve it too cold and make sure you give it an evening to open up and show itself, no speed dating here. The matching potential here is diverse and vast. I wouldn’t age this because I don’t know where it will go. I don’t think you need to drink it too young though.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia – In the very North East of Italy you will find this region that displays a noticeable Slavic and Germanic influence in their culture. The regional wines are mostly celebrated for the aromatic, textural and sometimes crazy whites. The region has 11 DOC and 3 DOCG appellations. It is very hard to discern a producers particular style without guidance here. But the wines can and often are outstanding.

Pinot Gris/Grigio– Gris and Grigio are in fact the same variety and both names mean grey in French and Italian respectively. Which is somewhat deceptive because the grapes can be almost blue when ripe. The great wines of Alsace and North Eastern Italy are often made from this variety. It is being widely adopted around the world too. AKA Grauburgunder.

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