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Ronchi di Cialla, Schioppettino di CiallaFriuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy 1999 (750mL)

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Ronchi di Cialla, Schioppettino di Cialla Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy 1999 (750mL)

“The Ronchi di Cialla estate is credited with rescuing Friuli’s native Schioppettino variety from obscurity—if not extinction—and their wines from this distinctive grape are still the region’s standard-bearers.”

Ronchi di Cialla’s Schioppettino is a benchmark wine from a non-mainstream region crafted from a grape variety that had nearly gone extinct. For all its proven excellence, its obscurity is such that back vintages can still be found in circulation at incredibly reasonable prices. This ’99 is a serious “deep cut” from this legendary estate: It’s in pristine condition and oozes authenticity, reminiscent of aged Northern Rhône Syrah crossed with Left Bank Bordeaux. Ronchi di Cialla isn’t merely a wine estate but a kind of Friulian wine museum, credited with rescuing not just Schioppettino but a wide assortment of other native varieties from oblivion. Although it still boasts a relatively youthful garnet-red color, the wine is ready to enjoy right now, after a brief decant to separate it from sediment. It is concentrated and brackish, with a goodly amount of brick orange at the rim, while the aromas are clean but loaded with lots of “secondary” notes of cured wood, tobacco, roasted meat, and dried figs. The fruit component skews toward the darker end of the spectrum, with notes of blackcurrant and blackberry mixing with scents of lavender, violet, tar, turned earth, and a distinctive cracked pepper note that calls Côte-Rôtie Syrah to mind. Some wines are jazz, some are rock and roll, and some, like this one, are deep, thumping funk. Don’t miss it!

  • CountryItaly
  • RegionFriuli-Venezia Giulia
  • Sub-RegionCialla
  • SoilMarl & Sandstone
  • FarmingSustainable
  • BlendSchioppettino
  • Alcohol13%
  • OakNew & Once-Used French Barrels
  • Temp.Serve at 60-65° F
  • GlasswareBordeaux Stem
  • DrinkingNow-2024
  • DecantingOptional
  • PairingPerfect Pan Sauce

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