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93 points James Suckling: "An exotic dry white wine with cherry blossom, olive oil, dried herbs, sea salt, wet stones and dried apricots. Bone-dry with persistent acidity. One of the best Sauvignons in Friuli. Drink now." (9/2014)
40% Refosco, 40% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.
93 points James Suckling: "Focused white with pure, clean stone, flint and minerals. Nose of focused green-pear, exotic ripeness and juicy character. Great balance and finesse with an extended finish. One of the best-value in Pinot Grigios." (9/2014) Wine Spectator: "A sleek, zesty white, with lots of ground spice and stony mineral notes underscoring the clean-cut flavors of glazed apricot, kiwifruit, sliced almond and preserved lemon. Subtle finish. Drink now through 2018. (Web-2015)" K&L Notes: From one of Northern Italy's finest producers, the aroma on this Pinot Grigio is typically intense, full and fruity, ... Read More »
This three-liter box is 100% Friulano (though, it cannot be labeled as such because the DOC's laws do not recognize box wine, as of yet). I think there is no tastier, more versatile white wine in our store right now that beats this Bianco for value and pure drinkability. It combines the body, weight and richness of what California Chardonnay feels like with the minerality and freshness of Pinot Grigio tastes like that just makes it into the perfect cocktail white. It is ideal for keeping in the fridge (I've tasted them after they've been open for 6 month... Read More »
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.
Sitting in the northeastern corner of Italy on the border of Slovenia, Collio has an ancient winegrowing history and remains an important DOC zone for quality white wines. Here the Palla family, led by patriarch Giancarlo, produces distinctive wines from these Friulian lands. Densely planted vines produce a terroir-driven Pinot Grigio, which features a flinty profile with notes of pear and fine minerals.
From the Collio DOC on Italy's border with Slovenia, Venica is one of the region's most well-known and respected estates. Jesera actually means "little lake" in Slovenian, named for where the vineyard sits at the bottom of a cool valley. From the winey: "The natural copper color extracted with maceration is the signature of this wine and its richness reminiscent of williams pear, banana, and acacia flowers wrapped in a slight scent of fresh apricot. Intriguing taste with pleasant flavors of pear syrup and quince peels. Good acid/alcohol balance with a lo... Read More »
This batch of the Blason Brut sparkling wine is made from 100% Ribolla Gialla grapes and is produced in a "long Charmat" method, meaning that it spends six months in tanks. Blason is from Isonzo in Italy's north easternmost region of Friuli, which borders Slovenia.
94 points James Suckling: "A gorgeous and flavorful white with sliced mangoes, apples and lemons. Full and fresh with a long, long finish. Full of character. Always one of the best wines of Italy. A blend of sauvignon, chardonnay, ribolla gialla, malvasia Iastriana, and picolit. Screw cap." (12/2013)91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Vintage Tunina is a blend of Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Ribolla Gialla, Malvasia Istriana and Picolit that shows impressive density and integrity. The wine feels silky smooth and pleasurable on the palate, imparting stone fruit, preserved lemon and sun-ripened Golden Delicious appl ...Read More »
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.
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. Their 2013 Friulano is no exception. The 2012 scored 90 poi... Read More »
Edi Keber, viticulturalist of Zegla in the area of Collio, a few meters from Brda, Slovenia, is one of the mavericks of this territory. The excellent quality of his wines runs parallel with the volcanic character of this farmer. The year 2008 marked a momentous milestone for Keber as the azienda decided to commit to the production of a single white grape wine, the Collio, a blend of three varieties: Friulano for structure, Malvasia Istriana for its aromatic qualities, and Ribolla Gialla for acidity, lending to the production of a wine with remarkable wei... Read More »
91 points James Suckling: "A white with floral, white-flour and mineral character, not to mention light green mango and green pineapple. Screw cap. Pinot Grigio with real character." (9/2014)90 points Wine Spectator: "Aromatic smoke, acacia blossom, pear and chopped hazelnut notes lace this rich version, while vibrant acidity keeps this light- to medium-bodied and lithe. Lacy finish. (Web-2015)" Antonio Galloni: "Felluga's 2013 Pinot Grigio is decidedly exotic in style. Candied orange peel, mint, chamomile and spices blossom effortlessly in the glass. (AG)" (6/2015) Wine Enthusiast: "The aromas are subtle, but the palate is more expressive, with g ...Read More »
The wines of Ermacora are absolute steals for their price to quality ratios, which is why we continue to bring them in direct, vintage after vintage. Ribolla Gialla is a local selection of the ancient white grape variety Ribola that dates back at least as far as the 11th century, and the variety also has Slavic roots. This straw-yellow white wine is recommended as an aperitif or with delicate, fresh water fish. It also pairs well with hors d'oeuvres and vegetable-based appetizers--but caution on the cheese, advises our Italian wine buyer, Greg St. Clair.
According to importer Jan D'Amore: "In 1928 Dario Raccaro’s grandfather, bought the farm at the foothills of Monte Quarin, just outside of Cormons, near the small church of S.Maria ... in the eighties Dario decides to abandon his career in professional basketball and to take the reins of the winery. Dario’s charismatic and gregarious personality eschews trends and avoids the compromises dictated by the market. He is adamant about vinification in steel for his whites in order to retain the purest expression of the fruit and the terroir. Dario produces 27.... Read More »
94 points James Suckling: "Pale, watery color with a slightly green tinge. Cherry blossom with stony green apple peel on nose. Crisp, dry but elegant tropical-fruit character, saltiness and tannins offer focused structure. Fresh, elegant finish. An amazing Friulano." (9/2014)
Known for small berries and "spontaneous abortion" of the flower, Picolit fashions one of the rarest Italian passito wines. Golden hued with sumptuous honey, tropical and citrus notes, this complex white successsfully rivals Vin Santo for its ability to stand up to hearty cheeses or in a glass all by itself.
Inventory: San Francisco
Raccaro was founded in 1928 when the current proprietor's grandfather originally set it up as their family farm. Wine slowly became the sole focus of their family endeavor as winemaking knowlege was accrued and their terroir asserted itself and demanded attention. Vigna del Rolàt is their flagship bottling, which is grown on a low-yielding cru first established in the 10th Century. The resulting wine is simultaneously elegant and robust... a testament to the distinction of this top white wine region. Made from 100% Tocai Friulano, the wine is fermented i... Read More »
Here's a wine that leads you off the map. The Zidarich "green label" is sourced from younger vines of the autochthonous Vitovska variety.
Inventory: Main Warehouse
"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
Pignolo is rare grape, native to Friuli and known for being "grumpy" and difficult to grow. Until a few decades ago, it was all but obsolete. The Ermacora family is among the few brave winemakers to replant this grape, and its patience has been rewarded. This is a powerful wine, with tannic heft and great complexity. According to the winemaker: "The aromas are full and fruity, with notes of cherry and ripe plum. The dry taste emphasizes hints of wild berry jam, aromatic spices, and stewed fruits. It is an ideal match for red meat dishes and game."
Wine Spectator: "Light-bodied and balanced, with a floral overtone and flavors of Gala apple, white peach, stone and candied ginger. Shows modest length on the tangy, open-knit finish. Friulano, Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio. Drink now. 1,900 cases imported. (Web Only - 2015)"
A blend of Vitovska, Malvasia and Sauvignon. A wine that reflects the territory and its characteristics. The wine is named after the Prulke Vineyard, located below the village of Prepotto.
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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Interesting is the attractive 1999 Ros di Rol, a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of sweet new oak in addition to black cherry and cassis fruit. Deep, chewy, medium-bodied, and well-balanced with sweet tannin, it borders on being international. Consume it over the following 5-6 years. (RP)" (10/2001)
Inventory: Main Warehouse