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

  • Sweet Sunset Chocolate Merlot

    #1 Sweet Sunset Chocolate Merlot

    First lets say that this is Not ChocoVine. This wine is actually made with eighty five percent Merlot and than has natural chocolate cream added to the mix. This is the wine for anyone looking for sweet red or the chocolate lover at home. Great gift for the holidays.
    (Holding the #1 spot)

  • Contado Di Majo Aglianico

    #2 Contado Di Majo Aglianico

    How have we not tasted Molise Aglianico before now? This rich, dark and handsome Italian can stand up to anything from Tuscany. Hand harvested, 6 months on French oak. Southern Italy's premier grape. tied

  • Baglio delle Fate

    #3 Baglio delle Fate

    A native grape of Sicily, this 100% Nero d'Avola is a great deal! Brambly red, blue and black fruits, savory dried herbs and earth. Full body, juicy, smooth tannins! (behind by 1 bottles)

  • Armas de Guerra Rose

    #4 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. tied

Fun New Arrivals

  • Gotes del Priorat

    Gotes del Priorat

    A slightly different and wonderful lighter take on Priorat. The gorgeous blue slate show immediately on the nose, Carignan is there but with richness and elegance. Really pretty and an homage to the fruit. Gorgeous leather and blue black fruit flavors with spice and soft leather. Organic, hand picked and just 9 months in French, this really is a lovely wine!

  • Broc Carignan

    Broc Carignan

    From 130+ yr old vines, and on original rootstock comes this remarkable Carignan. All native yeasts, no SO2 used during production means pure bright flavors of tart cherry, blueberry and unmistakeable juicy tang from carbonic maceration. Why spend $34 on wine.com?

  • Maimai Syrah

    Maimai Syrah

    So pretty. Brings a clear nose of Gimblett Gravels terroir beneath lush soft blue and black fruit with lovely violet and lavender notes. Palate is clean, balanced and very approachable. Just a hint of the Northern Rhone's meatiness but mostly bright fruit and enough acidity to hold it in check. Maybe the best NZ Syrah out there??

  • Amon Ra

    Amon Ra

    The 2014 Amon Ra reflects the tried and true essence of the Glaetzer style - generosity of flavor with finesse of structure. The inky purple color displays the gentle but full extraction. The nose shows an abundance of dark blueberry, vanilla, black cherry and hints of cassis with notes of mixed spice and anise. Although still young and firmly wound, the vibrant blackberry and dried spice flavors integrate well with youthful yet supple tannins with the trademark loooong and sleek finish. Meant to go 10 to 15 years to hit its prime.