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Torre Colombera

IGT della Venezia Giulia

Typology: Red Wine

Vineyard size: 1.20 hectares

Growing area: Azzano Decimo-Porcia (Pordenone)

Soil profile: Deep soil with a silty-clay loam texture, sub-alkaline with moderate limestone

Grape variety: Cabernet Franc 20%, Merlot 40%, Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso 40%

Aspect: Northeast-Southwest

Average age of vines: 40 years

Number of vines per hectare: 2.000

Production per hectare: 6.000

bottles produced on average: 3.500

Average altitude: 25 mt. asl

Vinification: The ripe clusters are picked into small boxes and then subjected to a natural drying process in special rooms, over a period that varies with the vintage. The clusters are then subjected to rigorous quality selection and only the healthiest are pressed. The fermentation begins with yeasts that have been specifically selected for very concentrated musts. It can last up to 50 days, and pumpovers and/or délestage are carried out daily. The wine is pressed off in small presses, then goes to 100% French oak barriques with extra-fine grain, where it spends 24 months. After a further brief maturation in tanks, it is bottled and ages a further 12 months before release

Maturation: Oak

Bottle ageing: 12 months

Appearance: Red with hints of garnet

Bouquet: Rich, with aromas of ripe fruit, spicy and complex

Palate: Warm and full-flavoured, with firm body and very lengthy finish

Note: Technical values for harvest 2005
Alcohol: 13.60%
Total acidity: 5.70 g/l
pH 3.68
Dry extract: 32.30 g/l
Total SO2: 80 mg/l (legal maximum: 160 mg/l)

Serving suggestions: To enjoy Torre Colombera at its best, decant and let breathe two hours before serving. Excellent paired with soppressa, risotto with chicken livers, tripe, mixed boiled meats (poultry, beef, tongue, cotechino), and with herring. Available also in magnum.
From the Tower known as the Colombera of the Castello di Porcìa passenger pigeons, the traditional “ambassadors” of the area, would take flight and arrive as messengers to announce relationships, strategic alliances, and the arrival of important guests. Today, the dove, reproduced on the front label, still carries a message, this time of wine.