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Baccichetto Vittorino Pignolo Friuli-Venezia Giuli 2007
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This Wine is made in Amarone style; aged for 12 months in small oak barriques. The color is intense deep ruby red, with complex perfume of blueberries, blackberries, spices and raisins. It is intense and full-bodied on a palate, with well-integrated tannins, enveloped by warm, almost syrupy notes on the finish. Despite its structure, this wine reveals elegance and mellowness, which only improve with age, producing results that stand up to the most noble Italian red wines.
This is great on its own, as well as with elegant and sophisticated meat dishes.
A dark-skinned grape native to Friuli, in the northeast of Italy. It has a long-standing reputation for producing deep-colored and high-quality wines that were popular with the monks of the region's ancient Abbazia (Abbey) di Rosazzo. As the variety can be temperamental, it was shunned for higher-yielding vines such as Schioppettino for many years, although a number of producers in Friuli are now returning to the grape.
Pignolo is often confused with Pignola, a dark-skinned variety found today in Lombardy. There is still no general consensus as to whether the two grapes are the same or distinct. Synonyms of Pignolo include Pignola Valtellinese and Pignuola, while Pignola is sometimes known as Pignolo, which only adds to the confusion.