Freisa

Hailing from Italy’s Piedmont region, this vigorous red variety is used as a named varietal and is vinified into both dry and sweet red wines, and to varying degrees of fizziness. Freisa’s aromas suggest salty raspberry and rose petal fragrances, while its palate mingles both bitter qualities with its essential sweetness. At this point, there is little Freisa planted in North America. In California, it has been used by the likes of Bonny Doon to make a thirst quenching low alcohol wine, and it also makes a more limited appearance in the Southern Oregon vineyards of the Abacela Winery.

In a dry and bitter world, you offer much needed comic relief. Your personality is sparkling, and you have a few clever tricks up your sleeve. Those who assume you are merely a simply sweet clown should beware. That salty spray coming from your lapel might turn their smile into a frown. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Or just go Piedmont and Alto Adige, or just North Italy - there are lots of ... region. Teroldego, Lagrein, Freisa, Vernatsch/Schiava, and Brachetto in addition to the Ruché. All those can be real nice grapes too. Freisa and Schiava are often floral and candied on the nose, Brachetto is like strawberries, and Lagrein and Teroldego are serious,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italy's other Grapes


  • Planning to do some exploring into Italy's other wine varietals, those without the fanfare or popularity of Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto, etc.First up is a Ruche with a few years bottle age by Montalbera, apparently a lighter wine that was traditionally brought out for special occassions...figure this should make for a nice aperti... Read More

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  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's ... blended with a little Freisa and Viognier.  Not a traditional combination, to say the least. Strangely, the tannins tasted much more like Freisa (and Nebbiolo) tannins than the sometimes tannic Sangio.  California has trouble elsewhere, including the Napa Valley, developing tannins an... Read More

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  • Definitely more chance of finding Freisa in NY and I do exaggerate a bit when I say it's hardly available in Italy.  I kind of think it's a wine with an identity crisis.  Made still and dry (or close to) it can be that rare creature, a red wine that works as an aperitif.  But that's because it's pallid flavors (IMO, again) make it more akin to w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic which are the least tannic...


  • Freisa is hardly available in Italy, so you have little chance of finding it in the US, IMO.I'm going by NYC standards so you're probably right. But I sold a bit, so I know it's available and the better ones just aren't all that tannic.Brachetto is a wonderful afternoon wine on a sunny day. Red Vinho Verde is another good choice though.I forgot ... Read More

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  • Cinsault makes nice rose, but the reds I've had would make you want to ... ... solving the problem. Freisa is hardly available in Italy, so you have little chance of finding it in the US, IMO.  It's related to nebbiolo, or so I've read, so it is surprising to find that it is low in tannin. This article says it isn't, but then again he got his ... Read More

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  • Once again, there are low-tannin grapes and low-tannin wines and they're ... to have around in the summer.Freisa is another that's generally lower in tannin and it's kind of floral on the nose, and there's Grignolino, although good luck finding a good one. In CA, Heitz makes some but it's less than inspiring.Cinsault and Counoise are both rela... Read More

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  • I have just read the most illuminating post I have ever read, "which red wines are most tannic", wow guys great details and some useful info.  But I'm most interested in the least tannic red wines.Reason?I have gout and tannins play havoc on gout and while I still want to try and enjoy Red Wine, esp good red wine I can longer drink medium or hig... Read More

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  • Giuseppe Mascarello Langhe Freisa Toetto 2010

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  • It always seemed odd to us that in Piemonte, the land of Barolo, the King of ... ... usually permit up to 15% Freisa and/or Grignolino to be blended with Barbera, but for the most part Barbera is a standalone varietal. With a year of aging, including passage in wood, the word superiore may be added on the label. The fizzy frizzante style, stil... Read More

    From the article The Rising Tide of Barbera


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