Anselmi 'Ca'stella' Pinot Grigio 2018 - Fruili, Italy
Bronze - Decanter World Wine Awards (2014 vintage)
The Anselmi family's Ca'stella Pinot Grugio is a stunning Pinot Grigio certified for its quality and the region from which it prevails.
The Winemaker "Velvety, dry, soft, well-balanced on palate. It is ideal as an aperitif or enjoyed with seafood or light food."
The Anselmi family established their vineyard and winery in the 1920’s, acquiring a small estate in the north east of Italy in the Fruili region. The vineyard is located on the coast and enjoys warm days and a cooling effect in the evenings. The family winery is now run by brothers Guiseppe and Lugi Anselmi who use traditional techniques to create aromatic and flavoursome wines.
Northeastern Italy (Veneto, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia and Trentino-Alto Adige) remains the world epicenter of Pinot Grigio production.
Friuli Grave (or Grave del Friuli) is a DOC covering a large area of land in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, between the Alps and the Adriatic sea. The region's combination of soil, climate and situation make for excellent wines, and viticulture here dates back to Roman times.
The region extends from the Adriatic coast northeast of Veneto. Watercourses are of particular importance to the terroir of Friuli Latisana.
Pinot Grigio is more than just the Italian name for Pinot Gris. Although the two names refer to a single grape variety, the wine styles they represent are clearly distinct from one another.
The more refreshing Pinot Grigio style has enjoyed great success in various countries, most recently the United States, (where it is fondly nicknamed "Greej") and Australia. The most common descriptors of the style are "light", "crisp" and "dry". These characteristics are complemented by aroma notes citing lemon, green apple and blossoms.
The Grigio style is achieved by harvesting the grapes relatively early, in an attempt to retain as much fresh acidity as possible; the variety is naturally quite low in acidity. To retain freshness and "zing", fermentation and storage typically take place in stainless-steel tanks.