Friuli Venezia Giulia
Pinot Noir Terre Magre DOC 2021 – Piera 1899
Pale ruby red color. Elegant bouquet of cherry, raspberry, blueberry, dried plum, and violet. On the palate, it is dry, medium bodied, and delicate, with a pleasantly bitter finish. Excellent with red meats, game, and aged non-spicy cheeses.
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Beginning in 1899, at the Padua estate, Piera’s story has been passed down through the family from generation to generation, from father to daughter.
Founded by her grandfather Giovanni, developed by her father Mario, Piera 1899 owes its reputation both in Italy and abroad to Piera Martellozzo, who, with her pioneering, ahead-of-her-times spirit, led the winery to its primary role in the Italian wine scenario with talent, frequently anticipating trends and seeking out its own path to quality.
The recognised quality of Piera 1899 wines is the result of everyday hard work founded on respect for the land and its traditions.
Since the 1990s thorough reassessment work on then little known native vines was done with varieties such as Raboso del Piave and Ribolla Gialla. In 1998 the first organic wine range was launched. Since the noughties an ever growing Prosecco production has been supplemented by new sparkling wines such as Muller Thurgau, Traminer and Moscato.
Pinot Noir in Italy and France
In Italy, Pinot Noir, known as “Pinot Nero,” is cultivated in several regions, with notable expressions found in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lombardy and Trentino-Alto Adige. Italian Pinot Noir often exhibits bright red fruit aromas, elegant floral notes, and a refined palate with smooth tannins. While Burgundy remains the benchmark, Italian producers are gaining recognition for their distinct interpretations of this noble grape variety.
Pinot Noir wines are made in a few places throughout France but the most famous region by far is Burgundy, “Bourgogne.”
The world’s most coveted Pinot Noir vines grow on a narrow, east-facing slope just South of Dijon. Burgundy is a very old wine region and was first tended by Cistercian monks in the Middle Ages.
When tasting French Pinot Noir, you may note its more earthy and floral style. This is part of Burgundy’s terroir. In fact, many fine winemakers here choose to ferment with whole grape clusters to increase tannin in their wines. This effort may result in bitterness early on, but results in wines that age 20 plus years.