Tastes colutta-refosco

Published on March 27th, 2015 | by Greg


A Wonderful Odd Grape: Colutta’s Traditional Italian Red

We taste plenty of wine, across events that feature sometimes hundreds of companies from various countries, each trying to stand out. And it can be difficult or impossible to appreciate the subtle nuances of particular notes or flavors in such an environment, which means that one of the easiest ways to grab our attention is with an interesting varietal. You’ve tasted plenty- and cabernet and merlot can certainly vary but tend to have specific characteristics- which is why you’ll tend to like pinot noirs or hate chardonnays.

And while there are a wide range of varietals that exist we’ve settled on a fairly small number for large-scale commercial use. Outside of the regular names you recognize is the ancient grape named Refosco dal peduncolo rosso. And producer Colutta, a traditional Italian winery, caught our eye with their lovely and unusual 100% single-varietal wine, from the DOC (region) called Colli Orientali del Friuli. Only 8000  bottles are made

If you’re a fan of Italian wines, you’ve probably tried Friulano, the most popular white grape from the area. Like that grape, this one can be fairly intense, a bit musty and with a definite hint of earthiness underlying a bit of dark fruit and light tannins. It’s really a medium-body glass masquerading as a heavier kind, tilting towards the dry side but balanced enough to be flexible. It’s definitely a bottle than can handle some aging over time, and we loved the description of how it was made, quoted below.

“Grapes are selected by hand and are then de-stemmed, crushed and left to ferment at a controlled temperature (of around 28°C) with the addition of selected yeasts. In order to extract colour from the grapes, the “délestage” technique is used which allows for polyphenols, tannins and anthocyans to be extracted effectively from the skins; this technique enables the best possible colour stability and structure over time.”

Priced at only about $16, it’s a solid wine, though pretty hard to find in the United States at the moment. If you get a chance to try other wines from Colutta, we definitely suggest it- they make some great pinot grigio and sauvignon blancs as well.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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