Estate: Famed for his skin contact wines, Franco Terpin is considered one of the top winemakers in Friuli Venezia-Giulia, northeastern Italy. Founded in 1994, the 12 hectares of vineyards stretch across the hills of Collio Goriziano, and Colline di San Floriano del Collio in eastern Friuli, on the Slovenian border [his vineyards are in both countries].
Winemaking: Vineyards are farmed using biodynamic, organic and low intervention methods. All wines are spontaneously fermented with indigenous yeasts, no fining or filtration.
Grapes are from old vines, destemmed, fermentation and maceration on the skins for 8-10 days in Slavonian oak barrels, aged for 1 year in barriques, 1 year in stainless steel and 1 year in the bottle.
Tasting Notes: Amber-orange in colour, very aromatic; with chamomile, clover honey, dried apricot, mango, orange zest, roasted nuts and a drizzle of caramel. Dried apricot, orange zest, wild flowers, saline minerality, lemon and fresh acidity are accented by Ceylon tea tannins. A bitter nut streak runs thru to citrus zest and baked pear on the mineral driven finish. Round, intricate and dashing.
Delle Venezie IGT
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agr. Terpin Franco
$30 [average price]