2016 Ermacora Pinot Grigio Colli Orientali del Friuli (Previously $15)

SKU #1340141 90 points Vinous

 Bright yellow. Pear, lemon drop, and white flowers, plus a whiff of spices on the perfumed nose. Silky and concentrated, with very good intensity to the lemon and herbal tea flavors. Finishes firm-edged and persistent. (ID)  (5/2018)

K&L Notes

Dario Ermacora was one of our first Italian Direct Imports. His wines have always been textbook, classic, and archetypal for Friulian whites: understated, balanced, with a long finish. His winery is in the Colli Orientali del Friuli, or the Eastern Hills of Friuli, a few scant kilometers from the Slovenian border. Most of Friuli is a flat, glaciated plain running from the Julian Alps down to the top of the Adriatic Sea, but on the eastern border the topography changes. In the Colli Orientali a series of horseshoe-shaped glacial moraines dot the landscape and make perfect vineyard sites. They call the soil in these moraines Ponca. It is calcium-rich marl that gives the wines a real zing in their finish. Dario makes all of his whites in stainless steel, no wood needed--he’s looking for the least amount of intervention. The wines have beautiful aromatics, rich bodies and vibrant cores.

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/4/2018 | Send Email
This is a delicious and expressive wine. The nose is pretty with citrus and very subtle floral notes.Reflecting the vintage, in the mouth it has a nice richness that is pure,clean and dry. Soft and round it will be enjoyable alone or with fish and fowl.

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2018 | Send Email
One of K & L’s best sellers since we started bringing them in. The perfect balance of acidity and tremendous aromatics, loaded with pear, apple, citrus and tropical fruit in an elegant, concentrated and superbly balanced wine. This is a Great wine for you to start the evening off with some pecorino and will work well with a first course of bruschetta or insalata mista.

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2018 | Send Email
Pinot Grigio is certainly one of the most versatile white wines today and it's also one of the most beloved by consumers. Whether served as an aperitif or at the table it's a great all-around white wine. Our friends at Ermacora craft an especially good one with classic aromas of pear, white peach and florals and delicious flavors of melon, baked apple and hints of tropical fruit. A mid-weight palate with moderate acidity make this perfect to drink today.

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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.