100% Schioppettino is like hearing old Friuli on vinyl. Where digital music recordings on a computer contain only certain slices of sound at split-second intervals, then encoded into 1s and 0s, analog vinyl captures the full spectrum. There is a compression and translation when music is converted to digital. This traditional grape embraces with the warmth and depth of analog.
The ancient grape Schioppettino means “gunshot” and it can be heard loud and clear with the crackling of black pepper and a powerful core of spicy black fruit. It has the medium-bodied weight of a Pinot Noir but with the intensity of Northern Rhone. There is a swing back to traditional varieties recently in Friuli-Venezia Giuilia despite these grapes being more challenging to grow. French varieties are common in this region, and just as it is easier to download an MP3 than to go out and buy vinyl, it is worth attempting a 100% Schioppettino wine for the fullness in translation and to experience a traditional grape from Colli Orientali del Friuli. It is not perfect, but more importantly for hi-fidelity, it is Schioppettino without distortion. You can hear it.
Ermacora Schioppettino 2009
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