2009 Vie di Romans "Piere" Sauvignon Blanc Friuli Isonzo
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Sauvignon Blanc Piere Sauvignon literally explodes with tons of energy and focus. Pears, green apples, white peaches, mint and sage are some of the notes that flow from this mid-weight, nicely delineated Sauvignon. Smoke, ash and slate develop later, adding further complexity to the generous, inviting finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019. Proprietor Gianfranco Gallo has a preference for rich, textured wines. In 2009, a year that saw a long heat wave at the end of August, many of his wines are even bigger than they usually are. The best selections, though, possess terrific overall balance.
I was able to attend a lunch with all of the 2009 Vie di Romans wines and simply put, I was absolutely stunned and utterly blown away by the quality level of the whole lineup. This is a bold statement, but these are easily among the best white wines made anywhere in Italy. The Piere Sauvignon is their unoaked Sauvignon, which gets an extended fermentation and spends about 7 months on the spent lees, but does not undergo malolactic fermentation. The resulting wine is an explosive medly of wild herbs, stone and tropical fruit, and a piercing minerality. The mouthfeel is full, round and rich but with vibrant acidity and the finish goes on and on. Just an incredible example of this varietal from what I truly believe is one of the greatest regions in the world for it. (Chris Miller, LA Italian Wine Specialist)