James Suckling 90
Some yellow and green apple notes as well as hints of flint. Light to medium body, fresh acidity and a green-apple finish.
After a mild winter with little rainfall, Spring followed in similar fashion with slightly higher than seasonal average temperatures. Between May and June, the average temperatures fell and rainfall was abundant. July was the hottest and driest month, resulting in our stepping in to support the plants through irrigation work and superficial soil work. August and September were extraordinary months both for their temperature and humidity. The growing, veraison and ripening phases progressed at a steady, regular pace and the grapes harvested were perfect. The 2016 growing season will surely be long-remembered for the significant day-night temperature variations, especially from the end of August to the end of September, which also contributed to an excellent concentration of aromatic elements and a balanced grape yield per hectare. The Pinot Grigio grapes harvested in early September were beautiful and possessed a higher sugar concentration than that found in previous years.
Characteristics of the production area
ORIGIN: The vineyards are located among the plains and hills of the province of Gorizia
ALTITUDE: 60 metres asl
EXPOSURE: South, Southeast, West
SOIL TYPE: Eocene marls and sandstones created by seabed uplifting 50 million years ago
PLANTING DENSITY: 4.000/6.250 vines per hectare
TRAINING SYSTEM: double arched cane and Guyot
VINEYARD AVERAGE AGE: planted in 2001
This versatile Pinot Grigio makes for a delicious aperitif wine, and is the perfect partner to rich salads, pasta dishes and fish-based mains. It is superb with any summery dish.
The wine is a very luminous, light yellow-gold. The bouquet, inviting and well-defined, releases crisp citrus scents that alternate with ripe apricot, enriched with elegant floral impressions of hawthorn and acacia blossom. The supple palate offers exemplary crispness and a vibrant fruitiness.
YIELD/HECTARE: 7 tons
HARVEST: Early September
HARVEST METHOD: manual
FERMENTATION CONTAINERS: stainless steel, new and used barriques
FERMENTATION TEMPERATURE: 15Celsius - 18
DURATION OF FERMENTATION: 15 days
MATURATION METHOD: stainless steel
LENGTH OF MATURATION: 4 months in stainless steel, only 20% of the production in barriques for 2 months, one month in bottle
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The world-famous Attems wines are grown in Italy's renowned Collio DOC in the northeastern part of the country, bordered by the Alps to the north and the Adriatic Sea to the south. This geography creates a temperate microclimate, and the region's marl and sandstone soils make it perfect for Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as for the native Ribolla Gialla and Tocai Friulano that have been harvested here since at least as early as the 18th century.
The Attems family winemaking lineage dates back nearly a millennium. In 1106, records show that the Bishop of Salisbury gave them the estate for the purpose of cultivating vineyards and making wine. After 900 years of wine production, Attems aligned with the renowned Marchesi de' Frescobaldi, one of Italy's most revered wine families. Douglas Attems and the Frescobaldi family celebrate a legacy of friendship founded during their years as students at the University of Florence. The partnership understands that a wine's quality and personality reflect the land it comes from, and they have pledged to further enhance the vines at Collio. Together they have committed to innovative vineyard development and to strategic participation in the global market.