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“Sour black-cherry fruit. Lovely moreish tangy dark fruit. Firm but supple tannins. Again with a wild character. Maybe a touch minty, more fragrant as it opens. Firm but juicy finish, persistent too.” 17/20 points, Julia Harding MW, Purple Pages (May 2015)
Schioppettino di Cialla 2009
At the producer’s. Prolonged maceration for 4-5 weeks; local yeasts; pump-over twice daily. Maturation in French oak barriques for 14-18 months and further ageing in bottles for 30-36 months. Potential ageing at the purchaser’s: 20-25 years. Particular vintages are gradually reached at a much later age.
VINEYARD’S GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION
Cialla Valley in the commune of Prepotto (Udine) – Friuli.
Cjastenet; 3.00 ha; South South West exposure; altitude: 150-200m; Roncjs; 0.56 ha; terraced hills; South South East exposure; altitude: 165-180m; family-owned. Average age of vines: 50 years.
Selective hand-picked harvest. Harvesting time: second half of October.
Eocene Marne and Marnous sandstone, alternated with carbonatic blocks.