Sunday 6 to 8pm Winemaker Social Tomasella

Heading northwest from Venice for a few miles the Alps appear on the horizon and you enter Friuli, a wine growing region steeped in history with influences from Slovenia and the ancient kingdom of Savoy in addition to Northern Italian. In a beautiful family estate, there are just 30 hectares of vines in the DOC Friuli Grave and DOC Piave area, and another 30 hectares classified in the Veneto. 

These high plains of Friuli are not well known to Americans, except those who know of Boulder's Frasca which features wines and dishes from this area. The geography was created by the floods of the Meduna, which brought massive amounts of Dolomite limestone along the riversides and plains. Close enough to the mountains to be sheltered from cold north winds and close enough to the Adriatic to have a moderating influence, wine was made to be made here! Tomasella has dedicated themselves to sustainable agriculture and quality with ALL these selections being harvested by hand providing quality of fruit unmatched by machine.hand harvesting at tomasella

Cristina Della Gaspera from Tomsella will be here on Sunday, June 24th from 6-8pm to introduce the wines and the winery to all of us. We've been pouring wines from Tomasella here at Bitto for a number of years with the Friulano being a cult favorite with fans of dry whites and the Ose being a lovely bridge between the sweet Moscato d'Asti from the West and Prosecco from the south of here. The Ose is crafted from the local red Refosco and white Verduzzo left to hang on the vine late into the season. The flavors are fresh and lively showing pomegranate, raspberry and hints of wild rose. A natural companion to salty cured meats or for the first glass of the day -  for me that's just before second breakfast!

The Friulano is a lovely and unique white, shunning the distraction of oak allowing subtle honey and acacia blossom on the nose with bright pear and green apple acidity. Finishes with just a hint of toasted almond.

Tomasella's Cab Franc is macerated for 10 days and aged for 7 months before release. Almost everyone senses oak ageing upon tasting but its the earthy nature of this varietal here that fools the palate. Rounding out the flight of 4 is Tomasella's Merlot. If you've gotten tired of flabby, soft California Merlot with too much alcohol, you are in for a treat. Gorgeous wild berry, hints of wild flower and a finish that lasts for quite a while. Merlot is popular here if not well known to us Americans, and the balance and compatibility with food makes it welcome at the table year round.

We'll be offering these for sale in the Orchard Wine Cellar as well at special prices. Somehow, despite the quality, none of these is over $15 to begin with! So come on out and taste the North of Italy with us!


Orchard Wine Cellar Movers and Shakers This Week

  • Gran Passione

    #1 Gran Passione

    From the land of Amarone comes a delicious Merlot based blend. To perfectly ripe Merlot (60%) is added juice from dried Corvina grapes ala Amarone. Rich, deep and smooth, this is a remarkable Merlot that may just change your Merlot worldview!
    (Holding the #1 spot)

  • Armas de Guerra Rose

    #2 Armas de Guerra Rose

    My heavens! 50+ year old, organic Mencia vines from some of the highest vineyards in Bierzo. Subtle aromas of strawberry, pink grapefruit and white pepper play with clean river rock minerality touched by zesty key lime. Balance and finish are tied together with a vibrating acidity. Structured and executed like a world class ballerina doing flamenco. Sells out every year for good reason. Lighter than Provence, a different planet than White Zin. The only hard part is only opening one bottle at a time. (behind by 14 bottles)

  • Bonavita Red

    #3 Bonavita Red

    Made from four grapes harvested later than usual to achieve a greater ripeness and smoothness. A deep and inky wine, with ripe plum and blackcurrant aromas. Nice ripe fig and cherry with chocolate and licorice flavors. Just enough oak to give it some backbone. (behind by 13 bottles)

  • Tintero Moscato

    #4 Tintero Moscato

    Sori Gramella refers to the one of the only single vineyard Moscatos, and Marco is the only producer to bottle this striking limestone amphitheater commercially. Once the 30 year old vines give up their bounty, and the grapes are harvested and pressed, they are kept in stainless steel at a low temperature to prevent fermentation until an order is received in order to provide the freshest wine possible. (behind by 2 bottles)

Fun New Arrivals

  • Chateau Redortier Beaumes de Venise

    Chateau Redortier Beaumes de Venise

    Wine geeks know of Gigondas and Vacqueras that show off Grenache like no other. Bordering both is Beaumes de Venise which is known for fortified Muscat. On a steep hillside (at 1500 ft!) twin sisters Sabine and Isabelle make this earthy, spicy blend of Grenache, Syrah and Counoise. A gorgeous wine.

  • Armas de Guerra Mencia

    Armas de Guerra Mencia

    An excellent introduction to Bierzo's native varietal, the palate is fresh, elegant, and clean. Energetic aromas of fresh blue fruits, violet and white pepper, plus a subtle touch of licorice. Supple and gently sweet on the palate, offering sappy boysenberry and floral highlights with a hint of smokiness.

  • Poseidon Pinot Noir

    Poseidon Pinot Noir

    From vineyards with a view of the bay comes this well balanced, lively and delicious Pinot Noir. A easy drinking, medium-bodied wine showing off some rare and black pepper spiced Hungarian oak to balance the raspberry aromas and flavors.

  • Three Brooms

    Three Brooms

    This single vineyard, certified sustainable sav blanc shows lovely white flower, chili pepper, and gooseberry on the nose with some sandy mineralogy. Very nice weight and balance showing passion fruit, ripe apple flavors. Such a pleasant surprise is the roundness, the acid is lively and energetic but not abrasive.