Freisa Secco, Scarpa
Staff Pick

Freisa Secco, Scarpa - 2018

Item # 49250 750mL

Made from grapes from the I Bricchi estate, this aromatic dry red is richly colored and lightly structured. Aged in stainless steel for 2 years, then in bottle for another year before release. Pair this medium-bodied red with bagna cauda.

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Freisa- A widely forgotten about Piedmontese grape variety has a very long history in Italy and dates all the way back to the 1500's. Additionally, recent genetic studies show that Freisa is likely to be the parent variety to Nebbiolo. I adore this grape variety due to its "all over the place" complexity. It can range from having light slightly sweet notes of strawberries, to brambly bitter dark fruited notes. This specific example is the latter. Medium bodied exhibiting notes of under-ripe blackberries as well as lovely acidity and a slight tannic edge. This wine is drinking gorgeously now but will certainly shine given a couple of years of bottle age. Drink with a braised short rib ragu, or a simple tomato sauce with fresh pasta at the height of summer.

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The most famous grape in Piedmont is the noble Nebbiolo, which makes the long-lived Barolo and Barbaresco. There are plenty of Nebbiolo-based wines that are quite enjoyable in their youth, however, often produced in smaller, lesser-known regions such as Ghemme or Gattinara. Several other Piedmontese grapes make striking and delicious wines: Pelaverga produces light-colored reds with distinctive notes of strawberry, cherry, and pink peppercorn. The red Freisa is vinified in a variety of styles:...

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The Freisa grape produces delicious red wines in a variety of styles - both still and sparkling, dry and sweet. In each of its many iterations, Freisa remains a very fruit-driven, juicy variety; the wines make excellent matches with light appetizers.

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