Vistorta, Merlot di Vistorta 2009


Friuli Grave

Top wine coming from the Merlot grape that grows so well on the estate's clay and limestone soils. It features rich red fruit aromas on the nose with nicely integrated plum and black cherry notes. Excellent fruit concentration and firm tannins presenting a hint of chocolate on the finish. It has been produced with a balanced use of oak during the ageing process. With some time in the glass the merlot displays itslef as rich and generous. A perfect pair to savory duck confit. 

"This is an elegant merlot in the right bank Bordeaux tradition. It is medium-bodied with good structure, concentrated black currant and berry flavors and a streak of silky tannins backing up the fruit core. There are no hard edges to this wine, just plenty of sweet fruit, a caressing mouthfeel and a long, rich finish“. Richard Marcis



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Friuli Venezia Giulia

Friuli Venezia Giulia

Geographyand Climate Conditions

Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a wine region in the far north-eastern corner of Italy, and is bound by the borders with Austria and Slovenia. Though the wines produced in this region represent only two percent of the Italy's production, to some here is where the best whites are made.

The mountainous topography in the north and east lifts many vineyards above the low-lying cloud that is sometimes trapped between the hills and the coast. This allows the vines to bask in bright sunshine without overheating, allowing the grapes to develop full phenolic complexity and aromatic depth before their sugar levels peak.


The region is home to three DOCG titles, all for white wines. The Colli Orientali del Friuli Picolit and its Ramandolo enclave, and Rosazzo DOCG. Complementing the three DOCGs are ten DOCs with the most important represented by Friuli-Grave DOC, Lison-Pramaggiore DOC, Carso DOC which is the most eastern italian DOC, stretching around Trieste, including also part of Balcanic peninsula. Colli Orientali del Friuli and Collio Goriziano are the remainings DOC where are produced outstanding white wines.

Grape varieties

Apart for Friulano wine, other local whites include Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Ribolla Gialla, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Traminer Aromatico, Verduzzo and Malvasia Istriana. Among the reds produced in Friuli-Venezia Giulia are Collio Cabernet, Merlot, Pignolo, Pinot Noir, Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, Schioppettino, Tazzelenghe.