Pignolo is a local grape of Fruili, one of Italy’s alleged 2000 indigenous grapes, and with Moschioni, one of the most highly regarded producers of the region, we have here a prime example of the varietal. With low yields, natural filtration processes and with no insecticides at the vineyards, Moschioni is one of the new breed in the North taking it back to basics and with startling success. Considering that Pignolo means “fussy” in Italian (as this grape is notoriously hard to cultivate) and with low yields in the vineyards already, you can imagine that this is quite the wine... Gambero Rosso has awarded Moschioni with several 3 Glass awards, the highest the journal gives, and has written that “Michele Moschioni is one of the region’s finest producers. He supervises every stage of winemaking personally, even though his main love is in the vineyard….Michele looks after his vines with meticulous care and the results are awesome, especially where native varieties are concerned.”... Think Merlot with Nebbiolo tannins. 5% of the grapes are partly dried, giving it a concentrated boost. Deep, bold and jammy. Dark plum, raisin, mineral, and pepper notes. Rich, firm, and big bodied. Sweet tannins and a long finish. Pair this with a big steak.