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2014 Edi Keber Collio Bianco $25.99
2015 Paolo Palumbo Lettere $17.99
Giovanni Blason and his wife Valentina are young producers who continuously surprise us with the price-to-quality ratio of their wines, earning them tons of kudos in Gambero Rosso and beyond. They come from the Isonzo region of Northern Italy, right up against the Slovenian border. Their Pinot Grigio is really sensational, full in the mouth, rich on the palate and extraordinarily drinkable at this price! Very aromatic, with good complexity, length and that subtle elegance that shows muscle and a long and flowing finish.
Giovanni Blason and his wife Valentina are young producers who continuously surprise us with the price-to-quality ratio of their wines, earning them tons of kudos in Gambero Rosso and beyond. They come from the Isonzo region of Northern Italy, right up against the Slovenian border.
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 »
"I am fascinated by Italian sparkling wines made of indigenous Italian varieties," writes importer Oliver McCrum, "and the Zanussis make a really good one. It's not made by either of the normal methods used to make dry sparkling wine, but rather by the method used to make Moscato d'Asti, which involves putting must into the special fermentation tank, and fermenting all the way from grape-juice to sparkling wine in one step. The wine is then aged in the tank on the lees until judged to be done, then decanted off the lees and bottled. (Some top-end Prosecc... Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
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)"
Monica Larner writes: "Founded by Paolo and Dina Rapuzzi, Ronchi di Cialla is an under-the-radar estate that had played an important role in affirming the territorial identity of Albana in the township of Prepotto. Specifically, their contribution has been the revival of almost-extinct indigenous grapes. When they started working with Schioppettino (also known as Ribolla Nera) in the early 1970’s, less than 100 vines of the grapes existed. The estate follows natural and organic winemaking functions with ambient yeasts and slow, steady macerations (for wh... Read More »
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 »
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Compelling scents of white spring flower, stone fruit and a whiff of nut weave throughout this blend of Friulano, Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio. The vibrant palate delivers yellow apple, orange zest, almond and mineral alongside tangy acidity. (KO)" (4/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Collio Bianco Vigne is a blend of Friulano, Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio aged in stainless steel. The intensity is slightly dialed down in this vintage, but the wine successfully delivers a steady stream of stone fruit, honey and floral aromas. The finish shows a piquant tou ...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."
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)"
Inventory: San Francisco