Fantinel Borgo Tesis Pinot Grigio (Pinot Gris) 2014 ~ Friuli Grave, Italy
This is great……and here’s why!Ranked among the top 10 wines from this region with respect to number of prizes won.
International Wine Challenge 2011 - Bronze (2009 vintage)
Decanter World Wine Awards 2011- Commended (2009 vintage)
The winemaker "Delicately coppery, bright white. The nose reveals a mixture of floral fragrances. Zesty mouthfeel and a good body. This refined wine displays balance and authenticity, like the land of its origin."
Fantinel is based in the sleepy town of Spilimbergo in the heart of the Friuli region. Surrounded by the eastern ‘arm’ of the Alps on gravel-rich soils, this family-owned winery was established in 1969 by Mario ‘Paron’ Fantinel. Mario wanted to build on his reputation as a noted hotelier and restaurateur by also becoming a producer of fine wines from his native region of north-east Italy.
The family own some 250 hectares of vineyards within the two DOC regions of Grave del Friuli and Collio from where they draw the grapes to make their wines, thereby enabling them to have complete control over quality from grape to glass.
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.
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.