La Ponca

Friulano Collio DOC – 2021

Region: Italy - Friuli Venezia Giulia

La Ponca

La Ponca is located on the gentle slopes of Scriò, a hamlet perched at the northern boundaries of the Collio region in Friuli Venezia Giulia, north-eastern Italy. From here, lines of terraced vineyards unfurl surrounded by local broadleaf forests, while the eye catches the pale blue profile of the Alps in the distance, and the glimmering sea to the south. The balance between land, man and nature is given by a tacit agreement, in which respect for the ecosystem plays a fundamental role in the creation of identifying wines, the standard of the territory. La Ponca bears the name of the land on which it stands: “ponca” is a special rocky substrate composed of layers of sandstone alternating with marl of silty origin. The rock formation of the ponca took place 65 million years ago, but its structure is tender and fragile, continuously menaced by the elements and invasive human interactions. To prevent its erosion, it is necessary to employ a sustainable approach towards agriculture, which is embodied by the team at La Ponca with heart and soul.

In this border place, privileged by unique pedoclimatic conditions, the entrepreneur and dreamer Alex Maccan has identified the perfect opportunity to give life to his ambitious wine project: 110 acres of woods, vineyards and arable land to help make Collio recognized in Italy and in the world as a territory highly suited to the production of fine white wines.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Pacial estate vineyard at the northern boundaries of Collio DOC, Friuli Venezia Giulia.

  • Altitude: 920 feet
  • Exposure: South
  • Soil: “Ponca” – hills composed of layered clay marl and sandstone
  • Vine Training System: Guyot
  • Vines Planted: Average 2004
Harvest Notes
  • 2021 growing season cool and breezy – “perfect”
  • Timely rains during berry growth and ripening
  • Hand harvested the first half of September
  • Soft pressing, followed by cold static decanting
  • Fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
  • Aged on lees 15 months in stainless and 10hl oak barrels
Winemaker's Notes

Straw-yellow with golden green shades. Notes of flint, pear and apricots, with a scent of wildflowers and mint in the background. Solid structure backed by a good salinity, which makes it pleasant and fresh, with tropical fruits and a hint of almond on the finish.

Pair with fish courses, Prosciutto di San Daniele and a selection of cheeses

Wine Summary

100% Friulano; alcohol: 14%; Pacial estate vineyard at the northern boundaries of Collio DOC at 920 feet; rare “ponca” soil of layered marl and sandstone; hand harvested 1st half of September; soft pressing and cold settling; fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks; aged 15 months on lees in stainless steel tanks and 10 hl oak barrels.

Technical Information
  • 100% Friulano
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Total Acidity: 6.03 g/l
  • pH: 3.18
  • Residual Sugar: 1.0 g/l

Reviews

91 Points

This is aromatic, with notes of lemons, ripe guava, crushed rosemary and dried flowers. Medium- to full-bodied, textured and dense with some salinity at the end. Flavorful finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now.

jamessuckling.com, September, 2023

General Info

Country Italy
Region  Friuli Venezia Giulia
Appellation(s) Collio DOC, Venezia Giulia IGT
Proprietors Alex Maccan
Founded 2004
Winemaker Giovanni Ruzzene
Annual Production 1700 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable and organic