A side project of Venica & Venica, a family-owned estate in the Dolegna district of Collio, whose wines we have proudly carried at the shop for a few years. Located in the Friuli region of Italy's northeastern corner, the Venica family has owned the estate since 1930, and have a reputation as winemakers nearly as long. Brothers Gianni (agronomist) and Giorgio (cellarmaster) have been making the Venica wines since 1975, carrying on in the footsteps of their father, and grandfather, the estate's founder. For this cuvée, the Venica brothers wanted to make alpine pinot grigio, so they purchased fruit from two organic farmers whose vineyards are at very high elevation in the Collio, with cold nights and warm days. The result is a lean, elegant offering of crisp green apple, lemon, and lime zest with lithe, mineral-driven freshness.