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Starting in the mid-1980s, Count Brandino Brandolini began to pursue his ambitious goal of producing world-class wines at his family’s picture-perfect 500-acre estate in the Friuli district of northeast Italy. After several years of study at the University of Bordeaux, and much time spent at the family’s Bordeaux estate, the highly regarded Château Greysac, Brandolini became convinced that Friuli possessed the ideal terroir for production of superb quality wine.
Working with his friend and colleague, Georges Pauli, a consultant to a number of leading Bordeaux properties, Brandolini implemented a series of radical improvements at Vistorta’s existing 80-acre vineyard, which has been planted with Merlot for over a century. Significant investments were made in the construction of a state-of-the-art winery and cellars. As a result, 20 years later, Vistorta has become the source of one of northeast Italy’s most sought-after red wines.
Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia
High-density, low-yield vineyard plots in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of northeast Italy. The soil is well-drained and rich in clay and limestone, important conditions for the cultivation of fine merlot.
Immediately following harvest, whole bunches from different vineyard plots are pressed and fermented separately, then macerated under strictly controlled temperatures for approximately 18-25 days. Part of the wine is sent to barriques to undergo malolactic fermentation. At this point, assemblage takes place, as the various parcels of wine are tasted and the best selected for the final Vistorta blend. After aging for 12 months in French barriques, the blend is fined with egg white and bottled without filtration. The bottles are left to rest in the cellar for five months prior to release.
Vibrant ruby red.
Intense aromas of red cherries and plums mingled with notes of green olive and spice.
Medium-bodied and well structured, with rich, concentrated flavors of black currant and wild berries set against a backdrop of silky tannins; a powerful yet elegant wine.