2014 Ermacora Pinot Bianco Colli Orientali del Friuli

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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.

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By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/6/2016 | Send Email
Of the 3 important DOC zones in Friuli the Colli Orientali del Friuli (graciously referred to as COF) is the most northerly, its best vineyards sit on U shaped glacial moraines that offer slope to the otherwise flat glaciations of the rest of the Region. This is the 17th vintage for us importing the wines of Ermacora, I originally went looking for inexpensive Pinot Grigio but came away in awe of their Pinot Bianco and Friulano. Ermacora’s Pinot Bianco is their TOP wine, it is what they are known for, the wine has great focus and concentration, it’s rich, creamy, with bergamot orange spice (that’s the zing in Earl Grey). On the palate the custardy richness is accented with white peach and lemon along with the Bergamot influence. I love this wine with fuller bodied fish like halibut or, swordfish especially when this wine is aged for 2-3 years you won't believe the incredible added complexity!
Drink from 2016 to 2024

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Pinot Gris

- Also known as Pinot Gris in France, where it originated as a mutation of Pinot Noir. The berries can vary in color from yellowish to bluish-violet producing wines that range from white to slightly pink. The most successful wines from the grape come from the Collio in Friuli (Northeast Italy), where the wines are light- to medium-bodied, crisp, dry and, because of their high acidity, complementary to the region's foods like speck, Prosciutto di San Daniele and polenta. In Alsace, where the grape takes a back seat to more popular varietals like Gewürztraminer and Riesling, it is generally rich and honeyed. Other successful plantings of Pinot Grigio exist in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Romania, with even smaller amounts planted in British Columbia, Australia, New Zealand and California.


- 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.