The Conte D’Attimis Maniago Pinot Nero is a D.O.C. Friuli Colli Orientali made from 100% Pinot Nero grapes. Pinot Nero is, of course, the Italian synonym for our much loved Pinot Noir varietal. It is grown in the Eastern Hills of Friuli region of Italy where they have been cultivated since the second half of the nineteenth century. The Sottomonte Estate is located on the south facing slopes of the hills situated between the sea and the Mountains, the climate is cool and well suited to the sensitive pinot noir vines. The vines are grown in well drained soil which sits on marl and sandstone with a predominantly clayey component. The clay is a contributing factor in producing the strength and intensity of the pinot nero wine made at this estate.
This Pinot Nero from the 2012 vintage had immediate impact with generosity and exuberance. It is bright and beautiful in the glass. It bursts with aromas of smokey cured meat, liquorice, mace, savoury, cinnamon and sweet berry fruits. The palate is simply pure red fruit – intense morello cherry and blueberry. It displays incredible freshness supported by very fine smooth tannins. The freshness of the fruit flavours and the lifted fragrance of the wine is testament to the extraction during prolonged maceration of the must and skins in modern stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature (26 °C) to obtain a wine with a rich fragrance. Maturation in oak may have given this wine some additional complexity and structure but who cares! This is a highly enjoyable wine with a real wow factor. A perfect luncheon wine which could be served with antipasto, poached salmon, grilled quail. A wine that will impress and satisfy your guests. It could be cellared for up to 3 years but is best enjoyed now.