Founded in the nineteenth century by the childless Elvine Ritter de Zahony the estate houses both an educational inst...Read more...
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Food Pairings for Villa Russiz Sauvignon Collio de la Tour
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 excellent Sauvignon shows straw yellow with greenish highlights. The elegant, very aromatic nose, is reminiscent of yellow pepper, peach, grapefruit and sage. It offers an elegant, velvety mouthfeel, with excellent balance on the palate, and, further, has very good ageing potential. A good partner for ham starters and fish dishes, especially with sauces, or alternatively just for sipping on its own.
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