White Wine Attems - Sauvignon Blanc

Attems - Sauvignon Blanc

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The Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from 10 acres of vines located among the plains and hills of the province of Gorizia. Planted between 1999 and 2013, they lie 426 feet above sea level and have south, south-east, north and north-east facing expositions. The soil consists of Eocene marls and sandstones, created by seabed uplifting 50 million years ago. The vines are trained to Guyot and have a planting density of between 4,000 and 5,500 vines per hectare.


Attems Sauvignon Blanc boasts a quite distinctive, very complex bouquet. In color it appears a straw yellow, typically with greenish highlights. Its palate exhibits crisp, tangy acidity and full flavours. Its crisp, refreshing character renders it delicious as an aperitif, but it partners with foods as well.


The grapes are harvested by hand and fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks and new barriques (10% of the production), for a period of 15 days, at a temperature not exceeding 64 degrees Fahrenheit. 10% of the production is matured in barriques for 2 months; the rest remains in stainless steel tanks for 4 months. The wine is aged in bottle for one month before release.


Attems is one of Friuli's most historic producers, with a winemaking heritage dating back nearly a millennium. CountDouglas Attems, who led his family's estate for the second half of the 20th Century, also founded the important Consorzio dei Vini del Collio in 1964, helping the region achieve DOC recognition. In 2000, he sold the estate to the renowned Marchesi de' Frescobaldi, whom he had gotten to know during their years as students at the University of Florence. The cellars are based in Capriva del Friuli, and the vineyards in the neighboring Lucinico district. Altogether their holdings consist of 104 acres of south-facing terraced slopes on the Collio hillsides, as well as plateaus in the Isonzo area. Most of it is planted to white varieties - in particular Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and Ribolla Gialla - grown on micro vineyard blocks, according to soil composition and microclimate.

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