La Ponca

Schioppettino Venezia Giulia IGT – 2019

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

Paglizzza estate vineyard in Venezia Giulia IGT.

  • Altitude: 650 feet
  • Exposure: West
  • Soil: “Ponca” – hills composed of layered clay marl and sandstone
  • Vine Training System: Guyot
  • Vines Planted: 2009
Harvest Notes
  • 2019 growing season started warm
  • Cooler spring followed by warm summer with little rain
  • Hand harvested the beginning of October
  • Destemmed and pressed, fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
  • 12 days maceration on skins, pressed and malolactic fermentation in tank
  • Aged 12 months in new and used French oak barriques, then on lees in stainless
Winemaker's Notes

Ruby red with violet nuances. Notes of blackberries, raspberries and a clear hint of spices, mostly pepper. Firm structure, pleasant warmth and balanced tannins. The finish is full of ripe fruit and black pepper.

Pair with red meat, game, and medium-aged cheese.

Wine Summary

100% Schioppettino; alcohol: 13%; Paglizza estate vineyard in Venezia Giulia IGT at 650 feet; rare “ponca” soil of layered marl and sandstone; hand harvested beginning October; destemmed, pressed and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks; 12 days maceration on skins, malolactic fermentation in tank; aged 12 months in new and used French oak barriques, then on lees in stainless.

Technical Information
  • 100% Schioppettino
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Total Acidity: 5.50 g/l
  • pH: 3.38
  • Residual Sugar: 0.5 g/l

Reviews

90 Points

This is aromatic with spicy character, offering notes of cherries, dried herbs, licorice and nutmeg. Dry and polished with a medium body. Tannins are fine and chalky with some savory fruit underneath. Refreshing 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