Franco Terpin Quinto Quarto Pinot Grigio Ramato 2013


The black sheep of Pinot Grigio....

Franco Terpin is located in the Collio Goriziano, and in the Colline di San Floriano del Collio hills on the eastern edge of Friuli. 

Franco founded the estate in 1994 and today he farms 12 hectares of vines. The soil a marl sandstone specific to the region. Quinto Quarto sees 3 days of maceration on the skins in stainless steel tanks and spontaneous fermentation. An additional 8 months of maturing in stainless steel tanks and 6 months in bottle. 

Let's talk Ramato: This is a skin macerated white wine. The category of skin-macerated whites may be considered new to the wine scene, yet thanks to the Georgians (of East Europe) we can say that this is a practically an ancient technique. In Italian, Ramato means "coppered" and that is essentially the type of color that is yielded when Pinot Grigio (juice) sits on its own skins. If you are expecting a clean, citrusy Pinot Grigio, this is not your wine. However, if you are looking for an adventurous, meditative, savory, flavors that you thought never existed kind of wine, then this is it. 

Pair this with roasted, braised or stewed meats and or winter vegetables.