Cescon 'Vino Dellamicizia' Friuli Doc Pinot Grigio 2019

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  • Classic Italian Pinot Grigio - our best selling imported white wine
  • Made by the brilliant Cescon family - 3rd generation winemakers based just outside of Venice (this from their vineyard in Friuli)
  • This is the perfect summer dry white - with food or without.
  • 1 or more bottles
    $29.99
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  • Michael Cooper
    4.5 points

Editors notes

Classic Italian Pinot Grigio - our best selling imported white wine. Made by the brilliant Cescon family - 3rd generation winemakers based just outside of Venice (this wine is sourced from their vineyard in Friuli- the home of Pinot Grigio).

The nose displays intense, lingering fragrances of nutmeg and vanilla with peach and acacia blossom. A dry and crisp palate shows lots of ripe, aromatic fruit, with hints of orange zest, mirroring the nose. A wine of exceptionally full flavour, lengthy and elegant.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Peach
    • Pear
    • Stonefruit
  • Palate
    • Green Apple
    • Lemon Zest
    • Mineral

Food Pairings

  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Shellfish

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Michael Cooper

    4.5
    "Well worth discovering, this is a perfect introduction to the delights of Italian pinot grigio (pinot gris). Fresh, lively and medium-bodied (12% alc/vol), it has generous pear, lychee and citrus fruit flavours and a finely balanced, basically dry finish."

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Locations

Italy

Italy has some of the oldest wine production methods in the world and almost every part of the country is planted under vine. From the Alps in the north to the very southernmost parts of Sicily where Africa is almost in sight, wine is successfully cultivated. In addition to the latitude covered, Italy's many mountains and hills provide a plethora of altitudes for grape growing in various soils and micro-climates. The extensive coastlines along the peninsula that is Italy provide maritime climates for the coastal wine-growing areas. Over 350 grape varieties are 'authorised' in Italy, though up to 550 varieties are thought to be grown.

The classification system of Italian wines has four classes, with the intention of defining a wine's origin a quality. Two of these classes are table wines, whilst DOC and DOCG fall under the EU quality wine produced in a specific region category. Vino da Tavola (VDT) means that the wine comes from Italy. Most of these wines are generally basic table wines that are consumed domestically. Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) denotes a more specific region within Italy, and the resultant will be of higher quality than simple table wines, but won't conform to the rules required for higher certification. Both Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) are regionally more specific than IGT, and have stricter rules regarding the grape varieties grown, yields per hectare, minimum alcohol levels and so on. The major difference between DOC and DOCG is that the latter has to undergo a blind-tasting session to ensure the highest quality is achieved. Italy has 32 DOCG appelations, 311 DOC appelations and 120 IGT zones.

Key regions include Piedmont, Tuscany, Abruzzo, Veneto, Sicily and Sardinia. Common white varieties grown are Pinot Grigio, Arneis, Vermentino, Verdicchio, Fiano and Moscato. The red varieties grown the most are Sangiovese, Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano, Primitivo, Nero d'Avola and Corvina.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia

The north-eastern Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia ranks with Tuscany and Piedmont in terms of quality of output. Nearly 62% of the wine produced in the region falls under a DOC designation - there are 11 DOC and 3 DOCG regions.

The best vineyards in the region are in the foothills of the Alps, facing south to receive direct sunlight and cool evening breezes blowing off the Adriatic. The soil is rich in calcium and sandstone, with patches of sand and gravel.

The region's output is about 60% white and 40% red. Friulano is the most famous variety, known for creating crisp, floral whites with great ageing potential, and Merlot is the leading red wine grape. There has also been a revival of orange wine in the region of the past decade.

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About the brand Italo Cescon

The Italo Cescon winery was established in 1957 in the Fruili region of north-eastern Italy by its founder Italo Cescon. It is now managed by his wife Chiara and 3 children Gloria, Graziella and Domenico. In 1954, Italo Cescon chose to follow the tradition of his father Domenico who has founded a small cellar and was a small producer of wine for some families of his little village. In the area of Doc Piave, they have 115 hectares of vineyards, of which 80 ha of vineyards are located in the Eastern Veneto region, 15 ha in Friuli Venezia Giulia and 15 ha on sunny hills of Valdobbiadene. They are divided into 6 different estates. The area has different climates that allow the winery to produce wines of outstanding quality. The soils consist of alluvial sands due to the Piave river frequently flooding the fields and vineyards during the centuries and are wetted by deep watercourses. This gives wines their unique flavours.

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