A tasting of Friuili Orientali Colli wines is a welcome journey to this northeastern Italian region. Zorzettig is east of Udine and close to Slovenia.
I was invited to taste some of their wines at Inovino in Cole Valley. Inovino is a lovely Italian wine bar in my once and former neighbourhood of Cole Valley in San Francisco. A small space packing superb food such as salumi, cheese, pizzette, pasta and insalate and, of course, a nice Italian wine selection.
In this region, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, you will find traditional, international and native grapes of Italy. Zorzettig produces a nice array of wines:
- Ribolla Gialla
- Traminer Aromatico
- Pinot Grigio
- Pinot Bianco
- Pinot Nero
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Franconia (Blaufränkisch)
- Cabernet Franc
Zorzettig has several label programmes:
- Segno di Terra
- Limited Edition
Zorzettig also produces olive oil, Grappa and spumante. And if that wasn’t enough Zorzettig has an agriturismo to spend time on site.
Here are the wines I was fortunate to taste. Notice the very creative label programme: a wave of white and red wine flowing vertically if you will and each bottling is different and yet thematically a harmonious theme.
Zorzettig Colli Orientali del Friuli Friulano 2014
An emblematic variety of the region. This variety was once called Tocai Fruilano but had to change it’s name and the last vintage of Zorzettig marked as Tocai Fruilano is 2008. No need to worry as while there is a name modification—there is no modification in variety. Notes of crisp green apple, Bosc pear, and moist stones; palate of pear, Granny Smith apple, oyster shell and white roses.
Zorzettig Colli Orientali del Friuli Friulano 2012
Notes of golden citrus zest/pulp, Quince, and moist stones; palate of Heirloom apple, pear and Tarragon.
Zorzettig Myò Colli Orientali del Friuli Friulano 2010
Nose of Meyer lemon zest, crisp apple and Quince; palate of Quince, white fig, and oyster shell.
Zorzettig Colli Orientali del Friuli Tocai Friulano 2008
Pear and white fig, fresh fennel, and moist stones; palate of Comice pear, beeswax, and toasted almond.
Zorzettig Colli Orientali del Friuli Tocai Friulano 2006
Pear, Heirloom apple, quince and roasted pine nut; palate of Comice pear, green apple, hazelnut; beautiful aged finish.
I love this region for it’s definitive wines–it’s a cross roads of northeast Italy and a gate way to Eastern Europe. Zorzettig is true to the regions wine grape varieties and certainly to a commitment to producing beautiful wines. I do hope to taste more wines from this producer in the future and I do recommend tasting this producers wines. As I always recommend as your wine merchant to bring in these wines.
James/James the Wine Guy
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