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To all Wine Exchangers,
They’ve done it again. Ho hum, another year, another incredible line-up of finely priced wines from one of Italy’s white wine stars.

The Schiopetto name is legendary among Italian wine producers.  The name is spoken of in the region the same way Antinori, Gaja, Braida and Biondi Santi are spoken of in theirs.  Mario Schiopetto was one of the pioneers of this area and was receptive to new ideas and innovations to help raise the standard of the whites produced here.  In fact, Schiopetto became the standard in the early 90s.  You didn’t find many Italian whites with the drive, delineation, and palate authority back in the day.  There are a lot more now as others followed his lead.

In 2014, an agreement to acquire the historical winery founded by Mario Schiopetto in 1965 was signed by the Rotolo Family and the Schiopetto Family.  Emilio Rotolo owns Volpe Pasini, another historic property in the region that makes profound wines as well.  A perfect match! Both estates continue to be managed in a strictly independent manner, each maintaining its own brand and mission with total respect for the two distinct types of land of origin, Colli Orientali and Collio. The point? Keep everything the way it was, just do it even better…at a better price.
Since then, the Schiopetto stable has become one of our top-selling Italian white wines…every year.
 
The 2017’s from Schiopetto may be even MORE revelatory than usual. Why?  Simply put, it is one of the few recent vintages that was not a vintage of the century.  Issues early in the growing season combnine3d with periods of hot and cold and intermittent inclement weather to create a scenario where the grapes didn’t really know what to do!  Vineyard husbandry was essential and, the great vineyard guys, though they made less wine, produced some legend stuff.
 
Friulano is one of our favorite grapes in the region and the Schiopetto Friulano Collio 2017 brilliantly savaged our palates again.  Textbook, with brilliant fruit that charges across the palate, a touch of minerality and salinity in the finish leaving the palate ready for the next sip or bite. 
 
James Suckling had his mind blown as well, noting, “…Incredible aromas of cloves, nutmeg, peaches, pears and cooked apples. Yet, always so refined and perfumed. Full-bodied, dense and very tight and focused. A fabulous bottle here. Drink or hold.  95 points.”
 
And, if you’re feeling sassy, Schiopetto has decided to take Friulano ‘next level’ with a new, ultra-limited bottling they simply call ‘M’.  This wine is known in the winery as “Il Mario”, named for the founder. It is the best Friulano in the house, sourced from vines planted in 1954.  The vines were planted on the best southern exposure and the wine is only produced in stainless steel tanks in the best vintages.
 
We have a smidge of both the 2016 and 2017 that the winery graciously allocated to us.
 
Of the Schiopetto Friulano Collio M 2016, James Suckling correctly notes, “This is extremely smoky on the nose with flint and gunpowder. Dried apple, lemon and pear character. Full body, dense and powerful. Yet always lively and dancing in the palate. Crazy finish. One of Italy's top whites. Made from vines planted in 1954. Drink now. 98 points.”
 
And the Schiopetto Friulano Collio M 2017 follows suit, The transparency to this is mesmerizing with fantastic depth and energy. It’s full-bodied yet driven and focused with subtle peach-skin, apple, white-pepper, crushed-stone and mineral character. Long finish. Tight and precise. Drink or hold. 98 points.”
 
Need we write more?  All in stock and ready to go…Happy Hunting….
Schiopetto Friulano Collio 2017
95 Points! Incredible aromas of cloves, nutmeg, peaches, pears and cooked apples. Yet, always so refined and perfumed. Full-bodied, dense and very tight and focused. A fabulous bottle here. Drink or hold. - JamesSuckling.com
ONLY $23.98
Schiopetto Friulano Collio M 2016
98 Points! This is extremely smoky on the nose with flint and gunpowder. Dried apple, lemon and pear character. Full body, dense and powerful. Yet always lively and dancing in the palate. Crazy finish. One of Italy's top whites. Made from vines planted in 1954. Drink now. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
ONLY $54.98
Schiopetto Friulano Collio M 2017
98 Points! The transparency to this is mesmerizing with fantastic depth and energy. It’s full-bodied yet driven and focused with subtle peach-skin, apple, white-pepper, crushed-stone and mineral character. Long finish. Tight and precise. Drink or hold. - JamesSuckling.com
ONLY $54.98
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