2014 Jermann Chardonnay Friuli-Venezia-Giulia (Elsewhere $25)

SKU #1317460 92 points James Suckling

 An attractive white with sliced-apple and pear aromas and flavors. Full body, tangy acidity and hints of yogurt and cream. Flavorful finish. Clean and intense chard. Screw cap.  (2/2015)

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Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2017 | Send Email
For several decades Jermann has distinguished itself as one of the very top wineries within Italy's Friuli region and their 2014 Chardonnay reminded us why. Regardless of the challenges of a difficult vintage, they managed to craft a very impressive line-up of wines including this one. It's round and creamy with pronounced granny smith apple and pear flavors enlivened by substantial acidity. This is a tremendous Chardonnay value that will enhance a wide range of dishes including fish, poultry, vegetables and soups.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2017 | Send Email
The nose is full of spiced apple with glints of fresh quince and dried white flowers. On the palate the wine has richness; it’s supple, smooth yet has great balance with a good acidic backbone, fresh enough for those who like it crisp and rich enough for those looking for a cocktail wine. The flavors carry forward that rich apple character and add a leesy, brioche like complexity. Long, full, rich and balanced this is a superb Chardonnay for the price.
Drink from 2017 to 2019

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