Vie di RomansIn addition to Jermann, Kante, Lis Neris
and Movia, this is one of Friuli's most critically acclaimed
estates. Gianfranco Gallo is the leader of this winery,
taking over the helm from his father in the late seventies
when he was still a teenager. His wish was to see the family
name on the label, however, the California giant forced
him to change the name.
While well recognized for his Super Whites,
Gallo's triumph is his Sauvignons, producing two in different
styles. The 'Piere' is unoaked with a clean floral characteristic
to it, while the 'Vieris' offers a more creamy texture from
the use of subtle oak. This is a great example of why there
is no reason to leave Italy and visit New Zealand or the
Loire Valley for great Sauvignon Blanc. Gallo also produces
the floral and aromatic white blend of malvasia, chardonnay,
and riesling vinified in stainless steel which undergos
cryo-maceration, as well as an unoaked chardonnay called
'Ciampagnis Vieris' and the barrel-fermented Vie di Romans.
Despite Isonzo being a flat land area,
uncharaterisitic of top quality wines in Italy, the topsoil
is alluvial marl rich in ferrous and aluminium oxide while
the pebbles below provide for excellent drainage.
Romans Sauvignon Vieris