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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Staff Image 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.

Staff Image 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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