2020 La Tunella Pinot Nero

2020 La Tunella Pinot Nero

2020 La Tunella Pinot Nero

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La Tunella is based in the Colli Orientali del Friuli and has come a long way since farmer Min Zorzettig founded the estate between the first and second world wars. After a large re-vamp in the early nineties, old vineyards were replanted, new land acquired, new varieties introduced and production was intentionally cut, with harvest now taking place almost entirely by hand. Grown on high sun-trap terraces in the eastern Friuli hills, the hand-tended vines produce only the tiniest quantity of grapes. The soils here are unique to the area combining a mix of marl and sandstone called Ponca, and are believed to be the key to the expressive yet delicate flavours and textural purity of La Tunella’s wines.

The winery now boasts an impressive range of delicious wines from international grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio as well as rare, indigenous varieties like the spicy Friulano. Today, third generation grandsons Massimo and Marco run the winery, producing exceptional wines, each showing the stunning, characteristic viscosity and purity of fruit for which the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region is famous.

Tasting note:
La Tunella Pinot Nero has a beautiful light ruby red colour. Grown in the cooler hills of Friuli, the grapes are all hand harvested in the first week of September as per their norm. 
This wine has bright violet, bitter almond, raspberry and cherry notes with hints wild herbs and a inviting warm spices on the nose. On the palate it's pleasant, dry and slightly aromatic with a savoury, fresh and juicy character with notes of red fruit such as crushed cherry, strawberry, plums, raspberry and soft velvety tannins to finish. 

This is a Dry, Medium bodied wine with Medium+ acidity and Medium tannin. It is Medium+ in it's intensity with Medium alcohol and a Long finish.

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The Finer Details:

Grape Variety:

Pinot Nero / Pinot Noir

Country:

Italy

Abv:

13.0%

Vintage:

2020

Region:

North East Italy

pH:

3.4

Oaked or Unoaked:

Large Old 2500L French Oak

Appellation:

Colli Orientali del Friuli

Style (R/S):

Dry (<3g/l)

Aged Before Release:

18 Months

Farming:

Sustainable

Drinkability:

Drink Now or Over 4/5 Years