2017 Aquila del Torre Friuli Colli Orientali Friulano

Year: 2017
Appellation: Colli Orientali Friulano
Country: Italy
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :
$15.95

Winery Notes:
Friuli Colli Orientali (eastern hills of Friuli) shares with Collio the distinction of being the finest DOC in Friuli-Venezia-Giulia. The zone is in the far northeast of Italy on the border with Slovenia, situated in the foothills of the Julian Alps, and its quality is due to the region’s cool upper elevations, its drying winds, and above all its calcareous sandstone soil. Known as flysch in Italy and as ponca in Slovenia, the soil was once an ancient sea bed whose sedimentary layers are rich in calcium and minerals. The region’s better wines can thank this soil for their mineral salinity and age-worthiness.

Michele Ciani is his family’s third generation to manage the affairs of Aquila del Torre. The estate dates back to 1904 and was purchased in 1996 by his grandfather and father. His father wanted a proper environment in which to raise his family, an ideal informed by his passion for wine and even more so for nature—and the hills and woods of the estate, combined with mature vineyards of Friulano and Picolit, met the criteria. Fittingly, Michele’s training is in agronomy, and he’s a hard-core viticulturalist who takes well-earned pride in his vineyard work. Following his studies at the University of Udine, Michele did an internship in Montalcino and in Alsace (with Olivier Humbrecht), and then took up his responsibilities at Aquila del Torre.