Azienda Agricola Marco Cecchini Winery, Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso DOC, 2019

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Winery Azienda Agricola Marco Cecchini
Varieties Refosco
Farming Practices biodynamic and organic
Soils Eocenic marneous–ponca
Altitude 1.5ha
Year Vines Were Planted 1985
Fermentation temperature control, 22º / 15 days of maceration on skins
Malolactic malolactic fermentation in barriques
Maturation 16 months of aging and fining by battonage in French barrels (30% new, 30% second passage, 30% 3-4 year old barrels. Select and blend best barrels; 6 months of fining in steel; 6 months in bottle.
Filter sterile
Fining yes
Alcohol 13.5%
Size 750ML
Country Italy
Region Friuli-Venezia-Giulia

100% Refosco. Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso is both the name of a grape as well as the red wine produced from that grape. Both the grape and the wine are popularly known as “Refosco” although technically it is only one sub-variety of the extended Refosco grape family. It is grown principally in the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region in northeast Italy and the nearby Venezia and Treviso provinces of the Veneto region. Since antiquity, the grape has been well known and is believed to be indigenous to northeast Italy. Various ancient Roman writers and personalities sang the praises of Refosco wines.

The Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso grape derives its name from its red stems that distinguish it from other Refosco varieties. Literally, it translates as Refosco with the red stem (peduncolo rosso). It is a late-ripening variety and is known for producing wines that are full-bodied with high levels of acidity and robust structures and personalities.

In 1998 Marco Cecchini inherited his grandfather's 1 hectare (2.58 acres) vineyard. He decided to revitalize the farm located in Faedis, a small town in eastern Friuli in northeastern Italy. Thirteen years later with eight hectares under vine, an annual production approaching 50,000 bottles, and a recently finished new winery, Cecchini has come into his own. Heralding local grapes such as Tocai, Verduzzo, and Picolit on the white front and the indigenous red Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, Marco's focus is to spotlight the terroir of his small region. Embracing the philosophies of biodynamic and organic farming, Marco's forward-thinking led him to also plant international varieties like Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Grigio. Maintaining optimum freshness by keeping oxygen from his grapes once they're harvested, Marco farms his limestone-rich soils to produce some of the most interesting and dynamic expressions of fruit from his native Friuli.

Pairs well with: Antipasto and your favorite cured meats, roasted fare, and spiced dishes.