Casa Vinicola Antonutti is a winery in Friuli Venezia Giulia. The four generations of the Antonutti family have been growing grapes in the heart of the Grave del Friuli for just over a hundred years. The winery now owns about fifty hectares of vineyards. The rivers Meduna, Cellina and Taglimento have brought large amounts of dolomite limestone into the area, and the area itself is protected from northerly winds, but benefits from its proximity to the sea. Antonutti grape grows in a place called Barbeano, where the soil is pebbled. The difference between day and night temperatures is large, so the grapes can be harvested later when they are already full of aromas.
Picking is carried out when the berries reach optimal ripeness, each variety is harvested and vinified separately. After harvesting, the Merlot is dried, cleaned and finely chopped. Soaking and fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks, after which the wine ages in the same tanks for more than 12 months. After vinification, Pignolo is aged for 12 months in large oak barrels. Before bottling, assembly takes place and the wine matures for some time in the bottles, getting a more harmonious and juicy taste.
The wine has a ruby red color, sweet, warm, pleasantly fresh taste is filled with red fruits and spicy herbs. The finish is long and rich. The aroma of the wine is dominated by notes of small ripe red fruits and berries, licorice tones, currants and light nuances of Mediterranean herbs.
Recommended serving temperature: 18° — 20°C
It is perfect as an aperitif and pairs well with pasta dishes, light seafood, and chicken.