A Surprising Magnum From Friuli
Michele Moschioni makes only red wine in a part of Friuli where more than twice as much white wine is produced. He typically uses such varieties as Pignolo, Schioppettino, and Refosco. However, his 1999 Moschioni, Celtico Rosso, Collie Orientali del Friuli is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It is a blend that works to great effect for this magnum showed an attractive level of maturity, delivered in a mouth filling, racy, full-flavored style. At 15.5% alcohol it is a big wine but there is no heat at all. While it drinks fine over two nights, the first is the best so grab some friends then pull the cork! This wine was purchased at MacArthur Beverages.
1999 Moschioni, Celtico Rosso, Collie Orientali del Friuli –
Imported by Vinifera Imports. This wine is a blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon that was aged for several years in both new and used barriques, large barrels, and stainless steel. Alcohol 15.5%. The nose is mature but there is plenty of strength in the mouth. The mouth filling start brings black, floral fruit, and plum flavors all delivered in a racy manner. An underlying cedar note comes out, accenting the wine through the expansive finish. The flavor continues into the aftertaste where the wine gains more levity. The wine continues to deliver weighty, spice infused ripe blue and black fruit, never losing density yet there is watering acidity balancing it out. **** Now – 2020.