Alberice

Supplier/Importer: North Berkeley Imports

Region: Friuli-Venezia GiuliaItaly

Appellation: Colli Orientali del Friuli

 

 

With Alberice, the “terroir is in the bottle.” Located near Corno di Rosazzo, not far from the Slovenian border in the Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC, Alberice enjoys a unique microclimate in addition to a richness of native grapes. 
The estate’s approx. 60 acres of vineyards curl and cut into the region’s many hillsides, cut ages ago by the local river Corno. Soils are a unique mix called “ponca,” a blend of volcanic soils and glacial debris that is incredibly mineral, giving Alberice wines (especially the whites) a pronounced, nervy edge.

Weather also contributes to the freshness and purity of wines from Alberice. Standing at the ridge of one of the estate’s many hillside vineyards, you can feel the winds from the Alps in your face; the moderate sea influence from the Gulf of Trieste too keeps the region cool. This special combination means grapes at Alberice are harvested a good week or two later than surrounding regions, resulting in more concentration and better balance in each bottle. 
Wines—almost exclusively single-varietals, to further showcase the purity and richness of Friuli’s native grapes such as Malvasia and Refosco—are fermented and aged exclusively in stainless steel, to preserve both the freshness of fruit and the mineral character of the land.