Pinot Grigio is the most widely planted grape in Collio (and Friuli), which is made here in a highly qualitative manner with added complexity and richness.
Terroir: Conti Formentini’s Pinot Grigio is sourced from select, well-ventilated vineyards located between 650 – 820 feet in elevation mainly in the Commune of San Floriano, and a small percentage in the Communes of Oslavia e Zegla. The vines are spurred-cordon or Cappuccina trained on marl and sandstone soils. The average vine density is 1800 vines per acre and the average yield is production is 3.25 tons per acre.
Vinification: The grapes are harvested in early September, when they are perfectly ripe. The grapes are crushed and stalks removed. The free-run juice is transferred to tank where it begins fermentation at low temperatures. The remaining must stays in contact with the skin for about 12 hours at 50°F (crio-maceration process). The skins are then removed and the must undergoes fermentation at 55.5°F, followed by malolactic fermentation. The wine is then blended and aged on the lees for five to six months and prior to bottling.
Intense straw-yellow hue; a well-rounded aroma opening with a fragrance of ripe pear hinting at nut and closing with ripe melon ; soft and harmonious flavor, against a back palate of yellow-fleshed fruit.
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