Why Not Wednesday- Marco Felluga/Villa Russiz
The Marco Felluga family estate is a pioneer in regional quality and innovation. This winegrowing dynasty started at the end of the 1800s in Istria, when the current Marco Felluga’s grandfather Marco tapped the terrain’s potential for indigenous grape varieties. In 1920 Marco’s son Giovanni moved the business to Grado, near Collio and Colli Orientali del Friuli. After training at Conegliano’s prestigious Enological School, Giovanni’s son Marco continued Felluga’s innovation and emphasis on quality and research. In the 1950s Marco founded Marco Felluga in Gradisca d’Isonzo, a fortified citadel of the Venetian Republic in the 1300s. Preserving the family’s winemaking heritage while embracing modern technology, he has made his wineries a reference point for the DOC Collio area. Recently he led the Collio DOC Consortium. Today Marco’s son Roberto heads both the family’s Marco Felluga and Russiz Superiore wineries. Marco Felluga controls over 250 acres of vineyards, most of which are family owned and operated, within Collio, the most important DOC area, ideal for white grape varietals. Most of the production is dedicated to white wines, including Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Refosco, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are the red grapes cultivated.
Russiz Superiore, the pride of the Marco Felluga family, was named in 1273 by one of its first owners, a Torre-Tasso prince, for its “superior” or high hill location. Before Marco Felluga acquired the estate in 1967, various noble families owned it, but the main element that has always stood out and characterized the name of Russiz Superiore is the wine. The Felluga family focuses on making intensely flavored, small production wines that maximize the intensity of the grapes as well as highlight the Collio’s local identity and the very special area of Capriva.
2016 MARCO FELLUGA “MonGris” Collio, Fruili Italy – Pinot Grigio :: $24 sale $20
The Pinot Grigio is one of the most important grape varieties grown in the Collio since the second half of 1800, and today is one of the most popular white grape varieties in the region. The name “Mongris” comes from the contraction of the words “mono variety” and Pinot Grigio, “Gris” in the Friulan language. Golden yellow in colour, often with copper tones. It has an intense and immediate bouquet with pronounced hints of acacia flowers, broom and apple. In the mouth it is elegantly fruity and becomes full bodies, well-structured and has a remarkably long finish.
2011 MARCO FELLUGA “Ronco dei Moreri” Collio, Fruili Italy – Refosco :: $22 sale $19
The wine’s name comes from the vineyard’s position. “Ronco” is Friulano language refers to a section on the hill and “moreri” to the mulberries that surround the vineyard. The Refosco varietal, considered one of our most interesting native red grapes., is characterized by a balance between structure and elegance. This very old varietal, that originally came from the area between Carso and Istria, has been documented as growing in Venezia Giulia since 1467. It has a deep red colour with light garnet tones. The nose is both intense and intriguing. Fresh and fruity, its fragrance is reminiscent of ripe raspberries and wild blackberries. In the mouth, the wine has a robust fruitiness, bursting with berries. The finish is long and lingering.
2016 RUSSIZ SUPERIORE Sauvignon Blanc Collio, Fruili Italy – DOC :: $38 sale $34
Straw yellow in colour with green highlights. On the nose fantastic, intense and elegant vegetal and floral overtones can be perceived such as sage and fresh bell pepper, acacia blossom and grapefruit. In the mouth, a freshness and richness of flavour marry together splendidly. Structured and well-balanced, velvety with good extract and a long finish.
2015 RUSSIZ SUPERIORE Collio, Fruili Italy – Cabernet Franc Collio DOC :: $36 sale $32
Ruby red in colour intense, compact and dark. Nose profile impact is of great intensity and elegance amalgamating both fruity and vegetable sensations. The nose-profile range moves from red-berried fruits such as black cherries, blackberry and blackcurrant to the vegetable aromas of bell pepper. The palate is important and elegant with a rich, full and pleasant body. It shows a freshness that is well amalgamated to its more velvety overtones. A long finish confirms and develops the nose.
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