2011 Zidarich Vitovska Verde

SKU #1146209 93 points Wine & Spirits

 Vitovska and Carso are inseparable in this wine, as if the vine transformed the coastal limestone into an exotic fruit. Its scents of honey have the sweet earthiness of a freshly dug parsnip; its flavors of pear and piecrust make an impression that lasts.  (8/ 2013)

K&L Notes

Here's a wine that leads you off the map. The Zidarich "green label" is sourced from younger vines of the autochthonous Vitovska variety. In a review of February 2012, the Wine Advocate rated the 2009 vintage 93 points, and added: "Vitovska bursts onto the palate with a rush of ripe, expressive fruit....GPS isn't much use in the Carso, one of the most remote corners of Friuli. This rugged stretch of mountains lies above Trieste, with views of the ocean and a microclimate that is very much its own. Beniamino Zidarich somehow managed to paintakingly carve a multi-level cellar out of the rock. But it is really the wines that are most notable. Over the years, Zidarich has fine-tuned his approach and it shows. Zidarich ferments his whites with some skin contact, but prefers to keep that time shorter than many of his colleagues who have adopted a similar approach. Zidarich is one of the most exciting growers in Italy. His wines merit serious attention. A visit to Zidarich is essential for anyone who has a serious interest in the wines, people and culture of the Carso."

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By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/19/2013  | Send Email
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The Carso is one of the most unique growing areas in Friuli and for that matter all of Italy. Situated on the Slovenian border just outside of Trieste. This wine is made from the indigenous grape Vitovska and the Verde refers label and that this wine is made from the young vines. Fermented in open top wooden fermenting tanks with wild yeast and on the skins for 10-15 days, then aged for a year in big wooden barrels for a year and it is unfined and unfiltered. You might think this some funky, toe jam filled wine but it isn't, it is so pure, fresh and shows the real character of the Carso a unique, salty minerality. Clean and fresh in the nose, extraordinary length, really a superb wine.
Drink from 2013 to 2016

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Friuli-Venezia-Giulia