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Silky, peppery and fruity, this baby Schioppettino from the Ronchi di Cialla winery in Friuli is singing right now! Crushed strawberries, raspberries and red cherry dance wtith cracked black pepper and a smoky edge. Light-bodied with soft tannins, this is superb lightly chilled. Read More
Silky, peppery and fruity, this baby Schioppettino from the Ronchi di Cialla winery in Friuli is singing right now! Crushed strawberries, raspberries and red cherry dance wtith cracked black pepper and a smoky edge. Light-bodied with soft tannins, this is superb lightly chilled.
The schioppettino grapes which make this RiNera grow in two one-hectare vineyards owned by Ronchi di Cialla. Cjastenet faces southwest at an altitude of 150-200 meters above sea level, while Puoje faces southeast and is located between 160 and 180 meters above sea level. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel at controlled temperatures and undergo malolactic fermentation, before 15-20% of the wine is matured in barrels for 12-18 months. The RiNera is then further refined in bottle for one year.
Amidst the Eastern-facing hills of Italy’s Friuli Venezia-Giulia lies Cialla, a small, luscious valley coloured with forests of chestnut, oak and wild cherry trees, in the heart of the renowned Colli Orientali wine region. In Friulian dialect ‘Ronchi’ refers to hills cultivated by vines and thus, just as this family estate’s wines take their personality from the land, so do they take their name. The simplicity of the Ronchi di Cialla winery’s name perfectly reflects the ethos of this 28-hectare estate, founded in 1970 and since passed from Paolo and Dina Rapuzzi to their sons Pierpaolo and Ivan: to cherish the ancient native grapes of Friuli, working solely with indigenous varieties, including Ribolla, Redosco, Verduzzo and Picolit and, most uniquely, the Schioppettino grape, which they restored and revitalised from near extinction. Baroque, beautifully balanced, bursting with blackberries and intriguingly balsamic in personality, you’ll be thrilled they saved it.
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