2016 Giuseppe Mascarello Toetto Freisa, 750ml

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A unique nod to the history of Piedmontese wines, this is a 100% Freisa bottling, a lighter, more acidic cousin of Nebbiolo. Founded in the mid-1800s by the current winemaker's great-grandfather, after a career of successfully managing the vineyards of others in Piedmont and has grown into a well-respected Barolo producer. Freisa at one point was popular in Italy and including in many blends from the region, but has since lost ground to the heavier Nebbiolo. This all the vines are farmed organically, aged in Slovenian oak and only 425 cases made.

From the mouth of the importer (Polaner):

"I can't get enough Freisa, so I'm always happy to visit those producers who still make wine from this often forgotten grape. The Mascarello family's 2016 Langhe Freisa Toetto is made from just half a hectare of vines in Castiglione Falletto. Part of this site has now been replanted to Nebbiolo, and that means that only 3,000 to 4,000 bottles of Friesa are produced each year. Great care is taken in winemaking. Delicate pump-overs are done instead of punch-downs. The results are fresh, vibrant and teaming with wild berry flavors. The finish adds spicy sensations and fresh acidity that keeps the persistence long. What the wine lacks in complexity, it offers in terms of ease in drinking."

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