San Quirino, comune in the province of Pordenone, Friuli Venezia Giulia region.
Ronco Calaj, this is the main and also the most extensive operational vineyard.
Wide flat area consisting of the alluvial fan of the Cellina River.
This is a thick alluvium layer of sediment made up of limestone and dolomite created by glacial melt-water, at the foot of the Dolomiti Friulane Mountains.
In San Quirino the climate is temperate warm, with harsh winters and hot summers. Significant rainfall, distributed over 94 days a year, results in 1,362 mm of precipitation.
The average solar energy is 1,373 Kw/h per square meter and the average temperature over the course of a year is 19.5 °C. July, the hottest month, has an average low of 16°C and an average high of 29.7 °C.
Pure indigenous regional varietal, VCR and R14 clones. Vineyard with NNW-SSE exposure.
Density of 4,500 plants/hectare with average planting space of 2.25 x 1.00. Training system:
Cappuccina. Average Yield 60 hl/ha. Vineyard at 98 meters above sea level.
The grapes are handpicked, after soft pressing (0.20/0.40 Atm) with pneumatic presses,
“alternative” static decantation of the must and inoculation of selected yeasts, they are brought to fermentation at a controlled temperature (18 – 20 °C).
The fermentation takes place partly in stainless steel tanks, with ongoing management of
the fermentative dynamics. At the end of fermentation, part of the wine is cultivated on
fine lees in acacia barriques.
Straw yellow color, slightly greenish. The floral aroma is then enhanced by fermentation in
acacia barrels. To the mouth it is velvety, intense with moderate acidity. The sweet tannins of this essence make the bitter almond scent less aggressive.
Excellent as an aperitif or to accompany fresh cheeses, cured ham, even along with first courses. Blends well with white meat and fish dishes.
Ideal serving temperature, 10 – 12 °C. Wine preferably served in a large glass.
Alcohol content 12 – 12.5%
Total acidity 6.1 – 6.5 g/l
pH 3.35 – 3.45
Residual sugar content 3.5 – 4.5 g/l