L'Arcione

Production Zone: D.O.C. Friuli Colli Orientali
Grape Variety: 50% Pignolo, 50% Schioppettino 
Growing System: Growing System
Harvest time: The first week of October
Vinification: Before vinification, the grapes undergo a further period of slight raisining in cases, to achieve high concentrations of its extract and varietal-specific aromatic components. The grapes are separated by variety, crushed and set to ferment, macerating with the skins under controlled temperatures. After drawing-off, the newly born wine completes fermentation in 500 litre French oak tonneaux. After an initial separation to remove the coarsest deposits, the wine remains in the tonneaux for more than three years, where, at different stages, it undergoes the various fermentation and development processes that define a noble red. The wine is blended and bottled during the month of July and then only presented to the consumer after a suitable final period of resting and maturing in the bottle.
Availability: In the autumn four years after the harvest.
Indicative Values: Total acidity 5.3 g/L; alcohol 14.50% by vol.  
Colour: Intense and vivid ruby red with evident garnet reflections.
Notes on flavour and bouquet: As this wine is made using selected grapes from vines of different ages, both nose and palate are distinguished by an elegant robustness. At first impact, it is immediately imposing, refined, and intense, fruity and spiced, with notes of blackcurrant, cherry, balsa wood, leather and liquorice, closing with a smoky note. The palate is rounded and considerably complex, with tannins conferring a decisive character without, however, impairing smoothness and balance. The very long and richly flavoured finish is remarkable.  
Serving Temperature: 18 - 20 °C
Serving Suggestions:  A distinguished red to accompany decisively flavoured dishes: excellent as an accompaniment for kebabs, rich red meats, game, roasts and mature cheeses.