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2014 Edi Keber Collio Bianco $25.99
2015 Paolo Palumbo Lettere $17.99
We started importing the wines of this small family-owned winery in Colli Orientali de Friuli (not far from the Slovenian border) with the 2001 vintage. Back then they were far better known in Italy, where they have continuously garnered accolades from Gambero Rosso, but these days they have quite a following here at K&L, too. Vintage after vintage the wines from the brothers Ermacora (Dario and Luciano) sell out very quickly. And they still adhere to the motto: Do little, in order to do better.
One of the best deals going in Pinot Grigio, this wine is from the Grave del Friuli DOC, an area perfectly suited to the varietal. The 2013 is crisp, fruity and fresh, exhibiting that classic subtle bitter hint on the palate that makes it such an ideal match with dishes like spaghetti with clams, or sauteed freshwater trout. It also makes a fine pairing with sushi. Enjoy while young and fresh.
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Gold with copper highlights, this elegantly structured wine offers heady scents of white spring flower and orchard fruit. On the juicy, savory palate, nutmeg and mineral notes back up ripe apple, mature pear and apricot that lead to a fresh finish. (KO)" (7/2016)
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Aged in cement vats, Edi Keber's 2014 Collio is a pristine blend of 70% Friulano, 15% Ribolla Gialla and 15% Malvasia Istriana. The wine follows a local winemaking philosophy that sees structure thanks to Friulano, acidity thanks to Ribolla Gialla and fragrance from the Malvasia. Edi Keber dedicates most of his effort to this one wine. Beautiful tones of yellow rose and honey segue to creamy persistence. (ML)" (5/2016) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "A blend of 70% Friulano, 15% Ribolla Gialla and 15% Malvasia, this is perfumed with scents suggesting yellow flower, apple, citrus fruit an ...Read More »
Producer Note: "A classic wine for the entire meal, a wonderful accompainment to hams and young cold cuts, eggplant, fish dishes and white meats. The "Grigio" holds the second place in our production. The grapes, balanced and mature, offer a wine with Mediterranean hints of pear, peach and dried flowers. The taste of Pinot Grigio is fat and complex due to notes of melon, baked apple and tropical fruit, with hints of apricot. When young, it is a pleasant wine for its fresh and acid note."
90 points Wine & Spirits: "Peppery and fresh, this shows classic franc notes of black raspberry and tobacco leaf, with lifted acidity and moderate alcohol. It would make a juicy and satisfying partner for a charcoal-grilled burger." (8/2015) Wine Spectator: "Grilled herb, black licorice and smoke notes drive this chewy red, with dried black currant and baked plum fruit flavors and a long, smoky finish. (Web-2016) (AN)"
Wine Enthusiast: "Muted scents of orchard fruit and a touch of almond lead the nose. The vibrant palate offers pear, citrus zest and mineral accompanied by bracing acidity." (4/2016)
Wine Spectator: "Lightly honeyed and floral, this sleek and silky white shows a refined palate of star fruit, cantaloupe, stone, sliced almond and ground ginger notes, with a lasting, minerally finish. Friulano, Ribolla Gialla and Malvasia Istriana. (Web-2015) (AN)"
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The "Zuani" blends Friulano, the Colliio's indigenous varietal, with Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio from marl and sandstone soils. Fermented in new French oak barrels with daily (then weekly) battonage. This is a spicy, citrusy wine with layers of fruit and a creamy minerality.
Made with Piedirosso Aglianico, 20% Sciacinoso and other local varieites.
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Collio Friulano Vigna del Rolat is a fresh and youthful white wine that opens to a pale golden-straw color. The wine boasts brightness and elegance with subtle fruit tones backed by smoke and crushed mineral. The wine is true to the grape and shows good structure and determination on the close. There's a spicy point of acidity as well. Raccaro's production is almost exclusively dedicated to Collio white wines with Friulano and Malvasia as the protagonists. There is also a Merlot-based red wine. The estate was founded in 1928 by Giuseppe Raccaro ...Read More »
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Damijan Podversic is a leader in the orange wine movement and his Ribolla Gialla is at the head of the crowd. The 2011 Ribolla Gialla imparts oxidative notes of dusty mineral, toasted nut, canned peach and candied apricot. The wine sports a deep copper color with bright amber and golden highlights. This Ribolla Gialla drinks like a red wine thanks to its power, heft and structure. It has the criteria for long aging and probably won't change much in the short term. Aging on the lees give stability and protection. The finish is tangy and austere, but there ...Read More »