93 points, Vinous |
About the Wine
93 points, Vinous
“The darkly alluring 2016 Rosso Monsvini, a blend of Merlot and Cabernet, smolders up with a beguiling mix of black currants, sweet sage and menthol. This is elegant and rich on the palate, with depths of dark red fruits and exotic spices that flow across a core of brisk acidity as fine-grained tannins build toward the close. It finishes long, balsamic and structured, yet is refined, leaving violet and licorice lingering on and on. The Monsvini will require cellaring to soften fully but will be worth waiting for.”
About The Winery
West of the city of Gorizia in northeastern Italy, there is a group of hills known as Collio where Gradis'ciutta is situated. The Isonzo River flows through this hilly stretch to the southeast, towards the Judrio creek to the northwest, and in the south it merges into the Friulian plain. Appreciated not only for its wines, but also for fruit and olive oil, Collio was once a backdrop for skirmishes during the Great War. Today, the area is synonymous with high-quality white wines. At Gradis'ciutta, Collio's unique terroir is reflected in the outstanding wines produced, whether they be indigenous or international varietals. Before carrying the name Gradis'ciutta, the vineyard area was known as Monsvini, which in Latin means 'Mount of Wine.' The soul behind the constantly evolving reality of Gradis'ciutta is Robert Princic, who got his start in wine at a young age, spending time in the vines every harvest with his hardworking parents, Isidoro and Ivanka. Today, Robert continues to carry the lessons he learned as a boy into the vineyards and his winemaking practices, embodying a deep care and respect for the land. Robert also carries forward the Princic family's long history with wine, who, as a historical notary deed proves, were producing wine in Kosana as early as 1780.