2016 Ermacora Schioppettino Colli Orientali del Friuli SKU #1340146

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Tasting Notes

You are unlikely to see much Schioppettino outside of Fruili, where a handful of producers like Ermacora have continued to cultivate the varietal after its near extinction due to phylloxera in the late 1800s. Also known in some parts as Ribolla Nera, its name translates to mean "gunshot" or "little crack" and produces an aromatic, medium bodied wine with Northern Rhone Syrah-like red and blue berry fruit aromas and flavors, with notes of wildflower and cracked pepper. Absolutely delicious with creamy mushroom pasta or rotisserie chicken!

Staff Reviews

  • Rachel Vogel
    By: Rachel Vogel
    4/17/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    A grape that was almost destroyed and forgotten began making a comeback when a wine maker's strong passion began to bring it back to life in the '70's. It is wine whose aromatics could easily be confused with Cabernet Franc or even Syrah due to the evident and exciting aromas of freshly ground black pepper corns. From first scent I thought it would make me sneeze! It is paired with a bouquet of fresh red fruits and black berries that carry into the palate. The unyielding acidity and integrated structure make it easy to enjoy while the savory pepper pops on the finish.
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    3/22/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Schioppettino is one of the reasons why I fell in love with Italian wines. The grape itself and the fact that you can go to any region and find unique local varietals. It was Friuli and Schioppettino that opened my eyes to this. There is just something about the brambly, spicy, crunchy dark fruit that speaks to me. It being medium bodied with modest tannins and good acidity also makes me happy. It is Italian but it is also Friulan.

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