Monday, August 10, 2009

Casali Aurelia Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso (2007) Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Something different from Casali Aurelia, a family-owned Friulian winery that is member of the Consorzio DOC Friuli Annia, whose geographic area lies along the old Roman Strada Annia. The wine is made from the Refosco dal Peduncolo (meaning “Red Stem”) grape, an indigenous sub-variety of the Refosco grape that purportedly was praised by Pliny the Elder in the first century for the quality of wine it produces. (Even if this is not true, it’s fun to give Pliny the Elder a mention) The wine is ruby-red in color and violet highlights with an herbaceous nose of dark stone fruits and berries. Tannic. Slightly bitter. I have not had enough of this grape to know whether its unpleasant characteristics are the varietal or the winemaking. Could Pliny the Elder be wrong?

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