The grapes are handpicked with imperfect ones beingdiscarded on the spot. They are then taken to the winery where they are soft-pressed and undergo parallel fermentations. 17% fines and ages in wood for about three months before the final wine is reassembled. The production of this wine is very limited - around 6,000 cases per year. The Rulaender reddish grapes that make this wine are grown on small plots at relatively high-altitude mountain tops (1,300 to 2,700 feet). During the growing season, daily temperatures vary between 50° to 105°F and the sun is very strong due to the lack of filtering by dust, humidity, and gases.
Perfect for sipping on its own or with cheese and crackers. Pairs great with seafood, chicken, white-sauce pasta dishes, and salads.
In 1497, the two noble Venetian families of Barone and Fini united in marriage and began producing wine in northeastern Italy. Today, the Bonmartini family, direct descendants of the Barone Finis, continue to manage this venerable property producing 60,000 cases per year. In a region first cultivated by the Romans, wine production has continued without interruption for millennia, giving Barone Fini a pedigree and consistency that extend well beyond DOC specifications. Cultivating grapes in as natural a manner as possible, Barone Fini specializes in producing just two varietals: Pinot Grigio and Merlot. All of the fruit for Barone Fini is sourced from old vines and is hand harvested and subjected to rigorous hand sorting to ensure that only the best fruit is used. Vinified in an ultra-modern winery located atop the ruins of an ancient Roman winery, Barone Fini adheres to the highest standards of production, while practicing a strict non-interventionist winemaking regime. Long recognized for producing Pinot Grigio of the highest caliber, Barone Fini Pinot Grigio is crisp and clean, focused on the palate, with subtle fruit flavors, balanced acidity, and a lingering finish (DOC in 1975). Barone Fini Merlot is unoaked and displays the classic fragrances and flavors of the varietal, suggesting plums and blackberries with good intensity, balance, and structure (DOC in 1971).