2015 Borgo San Daniele, Arbis Ros
This is a special wine indeed. There are around 50 hectares of Pignolo planted in the world and just 18 producers. BorgosanDan-iele represent the second largest production with just 3 hectares. According to Ian d’Agata, author of ‘Native Grapes of Italy’, Pignolo is one of Italy’s most tannic grape varieties. In addition, the fertility rate is low, with yields averaging less than a third of the fruit produced by an average vine. No wonder there are only a handful of passionate producers in Friuli still trying to vinify this unique grape.
Mauro is passionate, inspired by a great challenge. For the first several vintages in the early 2000s, Mauro blended in Cabernet and other varietals to balance the intensity of Pignolo until he was able to subdue its power. Today we have the opportunity to enjoy one of the few wines made from 100% Pignolo.
The aromas are deep and earthy, with wild dark cherries and current, balanced with savory flavors of wood spice, leather and dried herbs. The texture is dense but not aggressive and the finish is dry but not without elegance. With time in a decanter or after many years in the bottle, earthy exotic spices develop nicely into something new.