Merlot

DOC COLLIO

This grape arrived in Friuli with the French noble Teodoro de La Tour in 1869 and become suddenly one the most popular and common red grape. When you ask in old Osteria a glass of white indeed you receive a Tocai Friulano and when you ask for a red you drink Merlot.

It is also very common that Friuli older people think that Merlot is an indigenous grape and the typical pronunciation includes the final T.

Our way to make Merlot respects the freshness and the style of our cooler climate, 8-10 days of maceration and large oak casks aging provided the structure that match perfectly with more spicy aromas of the land.

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Merlot

Cabernet Franc

DOC COLLIO

During last century most of the Cabernet Franc in Friuli was mistaken and confused with Carménère grape and so planted. This actually explains the greener character that some of it shows but it also true that through the years people in Friuli get used to this taste and today it is correct to say that a good Cabernet Franc must show that character.

Macerated for 10 days and aged is stainless steal for 20 months before bottling, the wine shows lots of spiciness, fresh red pepper (the vegetable), and black pepper.

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Cabernet Franc

"Perilla"

MERLOT

DOC COLLIO

This grape arrived in Friuli with the French noble Teodoro de La Tour in 1869 and become suddenly one the most popular and common red grape. When you ask in one of the old Osteria a glass of white indeed you receive a Tocai Friulano and when you ask for a red you drink Merlot.
Most of our vineyards are probably too cold to achieve the right maturation for a big red but Perilla is made with the best locations of the estate as you can see in the Green Harvest video.
Grapes are macerate for 10 days and the wine age for 12 months in French oak barrels (new oak percentage is small).
Spontaneous fermentation and no filtration are extremely important components for this round red wine that is able by the way, to express well the spiciness from the cooler Collio nights.

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You Tube Video Green Harvest

Merlot Perilla

Refosco Bottaz

I.G.T.

This is one of the ancient grapes of Friuli and the original name in Roman era was Racimulus fuscus. Refosco was well known through the centuries being used to celebrate Papa Gregorio XII in 1409 during a banquet in Cividale and nobles during the Giochi Militari in 1762.

In the 1891 during Enology Austrian Congress in Gorizia was finally separated in 3 categories: red stem, green stem and Terrano d'Istria.

The Peduncolo Rosso and the Faedis kind are both planted in our Bottaz vineyard giving the wine more complexity.

Refosco clusters are very long and need to be all cut in half by hand in order to avoid the lower tip part breaking cause the weight.

The grapes are not very tannic but the cool climate in our vineyards needs a more delicate maceration to avoid green extraction and get more elegant flavors.

Large oak cask (Slavonian and French) provides the right evolution keeping untouched the soil expression.

Spontaneous fermentation and no filtration are extremely important components of this earthy, spicy red wine and the sense of where.

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You Tube Video Green Harvest

Refosco Bottaz

Balbium

This wine is produced from the illustrious zone surrounding Altomonte known as Balbia. So named for the indigenous wine "balbium" a homage to the Roman emperor Decius Caelius Calvinus Balbinus. Born into nobility around 170 A.D., Balbinus ascended from consul and then governor of Calabria to co-emperor (along with Pupienus) of the Roman Empire on April 22, 238. Though Balbinus's reign came to a violent end after a mere 99 days, the territory memorializing him --the Terre di Balbia-- has a lasting viticultural legacy. Produced from Magliocco grapes, it is then aged in oak casks prior to bottling. The Terra di Balbia “terrior” along with modern wine making techniques provide this wonderful full bodied wine that we can enjoy as the Emperor did 1800 years ago.

Alcohol by Vol. %: 14,5
Total Acidity ‰: 5,4
Winemaking: Balbium is obtained from medium-young vineyards of Magliocco, a typical indigenous grape of Calabria. Grapes get a “leggera appassitura” (light dried) in the vineyards to improce concentration. 12 hours of low temperature maceration and a short maceration. The wine is bottled after a 12 months aging in big casks.

Tasting Notes:
A ruby red colour with a good consistency. The bouquet has characteristics of red ripe fruit, wild strawberries and sweet spice aromas. A soft and balanced body.

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Balbium

Serramonte

Rosso Calabria I.G.T - SerraMonte is the crest of a hill where 55 years old
vines are located. The concentration and the power are distinctive.

Alcohol by Vol. %: 14,8
Total Acidity ‰: 5,3

Production by plant: 1/2 kg
Winemaking: 50% Sangiovese and 50% Magliocco grapes are fermented/ macerated for 10 days. After malolactic fermentation the wine ages in oak for 18 months before bottling.
Long aging over 10 years.

Tasting Notes:
An intense ruby red color with a bouquet of ripe fruits, berries, and spices. Immediately potent, succulent and full-bodied with a balanced spicy finish. This full-bodied wine reminds the warm Calabrian character.

Recommended food accompaniment:
Cured or grilled meats.

Serving temperature: 16°

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Serramonte

Insieme 2001

Venica: charity in the bottle,
a sip of rare Merlot to help Japan.

Dolegna del Collio - After ten years of waiting, the moment finally came to taste one of our finest ever reserve wines. At that precise moment, however, tragedy struck Japan.
The much-anticipated wine in question was the extraordinary Merlot from one of our winery's oldest vineyards, the legendary Perilla site. We consider it a singular anomalous jewel in this renowned white wine climate. We began picking the grapes for this special wine in October 2001, aged it in new barrels for 24 months and thereupon bottled it without filtration. The result was that you could clearly see the wine's sediment--and it quickly became evident that unlike our other reds, this Merlot with its nervous musculature wasn't yet ready to sell. Year after year we tasted it until a decade had elapsed and we finally agreed that the wine was at last exhibiting its potential. The timing seemed particularly momentous, given that the 2011 release date would coincide with the Italian republic's 150th anniversary.
But then Japan was beset by earthquake, tsunami and the threat of nuclear disaster, and we began to rethink our wine's symbolic value. As Friulans, we have experienced first-hand the devastation of two world wars, a catastrophic earthquake in 1976 and, a decade later, the specter of Chernobyl only 800 miles away. The horrific personal memories deepened our empathy for Japan's plight.
So came our decision, spontaneous and from the heart we have decided to put aside 2011 bottles of "Insieme" signifying the year of the tragedy, as a way to raise donations for the victims of Japan's catastrophe. Our friends and all who care for Japan can purchase bottles for 50 Euro each, with all proceeds donated to Japanese charities.
For Information contact us: japan@venica.it
Versione Italiana

Insieme

Località Cerò n.8 - 34070 Dolegna del Collio Gorizia Italy
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