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Villa Russiz Pinot Grigio Collio 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

Founded in the nineteenth century by the childless Elvine Ritter de Zahony the estate houses both an educational institution and a world-class winery. The profits from the latter go to support the former. Rarely can buying and drinking fine wine have done quite so much good in the world. Yet Villa Russiz is not as one blogger put it a "charity album", worth buying for the story but not the content. Instead, it is one of the northern Italy's greatest wineries. It has won more coveted Tri Biccheri awards from the Gambero Rosso than any other Friuilian winery. Classic Italian grapes like Pinot Grigio and Tocai Fruliano thrive here but there are also fantastic Alpine versions of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot that shine with a rarely found intensity of fruit and crisply pressed structure. This Pinot Grigio shows a delicate straw yellow. The aromas it effuses are delicate, elegant, complex and fruit-led, the nose acquires over time a broad bouquet of sun-dried hay and toasted almonds. On the palate almonds reappear, along with honey, lemon and a touch of exotic fruit. As a subtle white, Villa Russiz Pinot Grigio is a good partner for starters, baked rice and pasta, egg-based dishes or fish.

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Founded in the nineteenth century by the childless Elvine Ritter de Zahony the estate houses both an educational institution and a world-class winery. The profits from the latter go to support the former. Rarely can buying and drinking fine wine have done quite so much good in the world. Yet Villa Russiz is not as one blogger put it a "charity album", worth buying for the story but not the content. Instead, it is one of the northern Italy's greatest wineries. It has won more coveted Tri Biccheri awards from the Gambero Rosso than any other Friuilian winery. Classic Italian grapes like Pinot Grigio and Tocai Fruliano thrive here but there are also fantastic Alpine versions of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot that shine with a rarely found intensity of fruit and crisply pressed structure. This Pinot Grigio shows a delicate straw yellow. The aromas it effuses are delicate, elegant, complex and fruit-led, the nose acquires over time a broad bouquet of sun-dried hay and toasted almonds. On the palate almonds reappear, along with honey, lemon and a touch of exotic fruit. As a subtle white, Villa Russiz Pinot Grigio is a good partner for starters, baked rice and pasta, egg-based dishes or fish.

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