2018 Dorigo Colli Orientali del Friuli Schiopettino - Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy (750ml)
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Schiopettino (aka Ribolla Nera) is an obscure varietal native to Friuli that was nearing extinction before being revived by a few passionate producers, including Dorigo. The grapes are hand harvested in mid September, destemmed, vinified in stainless steel then aged for 8 months in neutral, used French oak barrels. The result is a complex yet approachable wine. On the nose are enticing, herbaceous aromas of green pepper as well as fresh red berries and leather notes. The palate is round with gentle tannins, similar herbal and fruit notes as well as a hint of anise. Give it a slight chill and try with a wild-mushroom risotto or Muset e Bovado, a Friulian specialty that consists of fermented turnips and pork sausage.