2014 Blason Friulano Isonzo

SKU #1226899

Always a bargain from one of K&L's favorite direct imports. The 37-acre Blason property in Gradisca d'Inzonzo, owned by Giovanni and Valentina Blason, is just a few miles from the Slovenian border. Their Friulano is always rich and complex, but balanced, with round frut, minerality and hints of savory herbs.

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By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/12/2016 | Send Email
This varietal (formerly Tocai Friulano, the pride of Friuli), although so much less-known than Pinot Grigio, has become the staff favorite at K&L, as well as among our more adventurous customers. Not like the thin, simple Italian whites of yesteryear, this wine is a mouthful. It has really great aromatics, with hints of tarragon and acacia blossom, and a stunning complexity that comes from its unique soil composition in this distant corner of Italy. So when the heat is on this summer, reach for a cool Friulano—we know you’ll love it! By the way, all of Blason’s wines are under 12.5% abv.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/6/2016 | Send Email
The 2014 vintage is the 11th vintage that we’ve been importing from Blason and it was particularly fabulous for their whites and the Friulano is the winery’s best wine. The Friulano comes from an old block planted by Giovanni’s father back in the 1950’s; it was a "masal selection" from their original vineyard and has been used as the source for all new plantings since. It is a stellar vineyard and Blason’s Friulano has real character, spice, tarragon, body. I often wonder why Pinot Grigio became so famous when Friulano has so much more character. This vintage has a particularly snappy balance that I find perfect for linguine and clams, or Frico…I love Frico, fried Montasio cheese, crunchy pieces of cheese, oh…It’s getting away from me again…
Drink from 2016 to 2020

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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