Pignolo – DOC Friuli Colli Orientali

Pignolo has had a difficult history. It graced Friuli’s tables from the early Middle Ages before almost dying out altogether, a victim of low yields and and its own physiological sensitivity. Recovered by clonal selection, the pignolo vine was replanted in the Buttrio area and in 1995 it finally found a home in the Colli Orientali DOC.
The grape’s deep purple skin harbours an abundance of assertive tannins while its bouquet is redolent of ripe wild berries, aromatic herbs and fine spices.

Grapes
Pignolo
DOC zone
Friuli Colli Orientali
Provenance of grapes
From the “I Casali” vineyard of Castello di Buttrio
Appearance
Ruby red, shading into garnet with age
Nose
Elegantly pervasive, laying out red fruits lifted by spice, vanilla and aromatic herbs
Palate
Characterful, powerful and penetrating, mirroring the sensations on the nose
Food matchings
One of the most structured, muscular wines there is and one that demands great red meat-based dishes, such as roast leg of lamb, feathered game, roast shank of pork or veal and charcoal-grilled red meats
Serving temperature
18-20 °C