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The Wines of Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Wines of Friuli-Venezia GiuliaFriuli is innately disposed to be a white varietal specialist: Many of its wine zones—specifically, those situated in the flatland of Friuli—receive the benefit of a propitious interaction between mountain air and warm sea currents. Their natural collaboration authors an environment of rare moderation, one in which the grapes realize rich fruit flavors while retaining their incisive acidity. The ideal terroir is considered to be the provenance of the zone's premier regions, Collio and Colli Orientali, which feature soils comprised of limestone, marl, and sandstone, and vineyards situated at a high elevation.
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Adam Pinot Grigio 2014 750ml
Adam Pinot Grigio 2014 750ml
Price: $12.99

Your eye may be struck by its kinetic surfer label, your wallet may appreciate its price, but IWM is willing to bet that your palate will love this fresh, zippy, seriously fun Pinot Grigio from Adam. This is no watered-down Pinot; it’s crisp, mineral laden, and kissed with ripe fruit; a lovely golden yellow flecked with cinnamon highlights give illustration to the uniqueness of this pure, fresh, stainless-steel-aged Pinot Grigio. Quaffable, mellow, and intensely perfumed, this true Friulian Pinot Grigio goes down delightfully, offering a lovely complement to a wide variety of summer foods--or as a simple sipper by itself.
Movia Puro Rose 2002 750ml
Movia Puro Rose 2002 750ml
Price: $49.50

Fresh, lively and complex, the ’02 Movia Puro Rosé, composed of old-vine Pinot Nero, shows a gorgeous pale pink color, a nose of apricots, and a breath of cinnamon and orange peel. A sparkling wine, Puro is made from biodynamically farmed grapes, and Ales Kristancic, Movia's owner, has chosen to ship this sparkler without removing the naturally occurring yeast plug that other winemakers remove after the second fermentation. Click here to see how to open Puro underwater, or simply leave the naturally occurring yeast in for flavor and rusticity. Puro Rosé is an experience that is not to be missed.
Movia Puro Rose 2000 750ml
Movia Puro Rose 2000 750ml
Price: $49.99

Pale salmon color and wafting with delicate scents of raspberries and mushrooms, the 2000 Puro Rosé shows rustic elegance and a satisfying, weighty complexity. At once vibrant and silky, this wine conveys its notes of orchard and berry fruits on a backbone of saline minerality, offering a unique, dynamic drinking experience. Relying on natural yeasts, primary fermentation takes place in large tanks, and second fermentation occurs in barriques; the wine is bottled after four years, undisgorged. Movia Puro Rosé derives from biodynamically grown old-vine Pinot Nero, and Ales Kristancic, Movia's owner, has chosen to ship this sparkler without removing the naturally occurring yeast plug that other winemakers remove after the second fermentation; click here to see how to open Puro underwater, or simply leave the naturally occurring yeast in for flavor and rusticity.
Movia Puro Rose 2003 750ml
Movia Puro Rose 2003 750ml
Price: $52.99

Pale salmon color with delicate scents of raspberries and mushrooms, this ’03 Puro Rosé offers elegance combined with weighty complexity. The Puro Rosé is bottled undisgorged, and the yeast sediment plug may be removed under water prior to its being served, although some IWM staffers leave it in because they enjoy the flavor and the rusticity. A mono-varietal old-vine Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir), Puro Rosé enjoys primary fermentation in tanks with natural yeasts, secondary fermentation in barrrique on the lees, and four years of maturing in barriques before bottling. To open Movia's Puro Rosé, please click here to view proper disgorging procedures.
Marjan Simcic Chardonnay Opoka 2008
Marjan Simcic Chardonnay Opoka 2008 750ml
Price: $59.99

From fifth-generation Brda winemaker Marjan Simcic comes this big, herbal Chardonnay with one of those waxy, palate-coating mouth-feels that fills your mouth and tingles your tongue with pleasure. Honey, bread and butter, wildflowers and dried apricot meld to create a delicious, classic palate for this dry Chardonnay, whose deep streak of minerality gives it a piquant saline quality. Gorgeous and age-worthy, this organically grown Chardonnay illustrates why Brda, that land that straddles the border of Italy and Slovenia, is home to some of the most exciting wines.
Gravner Ribolla Gialla 2008 750ml
Gravner Ribolla Gialla 2008 750ml
Price: $84.99

Rainy and lush, 2008 saw an ideal growing season for Josko Gravner--this avant garde winemaker likes a season that lets his Ribolla Gialla grow a little bit of botrytis, the “noble rot.” Concentrated, intense and textured, this ’08 Ribolla Gialla is a triumph. This finessed wine layers its succulent orchard fruits with warm baking spices, exotic white flowers, tea leaves, toasted nuts, citrus zest and hints of mushroom. Uncurling on the palate, this ’08 Ribolla Gialla offers myriad layers of notes, all conveyed on an energetic yet subtly weighty palate; it’s extraordinary! This amber wine is best served like a red, decanted and at cellar temperature; enjoy it with hearty fare--its palate will stand up to it. Like Gravner’s Breg, a blend of white grapes, this mono-varietal Ribolla Gialla ferments on the skins for about seven months in amphora and then ages for six years in cask before bottling, without fining or filtration.
Gravner Breg 2008 750ml
Gravner Breg 2008 750ml
Price: $84.99

Gravner’s fans are certain to adore the ’08 Bianco Breg; it’s a winemaking tour de force that balances the wine’s exuberant fruit with ideal acidity and a lush, velvety texture. Crushed river rocks, delicate toasted nuts, citrus zest and herbs frame the wine’s juicy orchard fruits. As seductive as this wine’s nose is, its texture will make you fall in love--it grips every corner of the mouth, building to a complex, lingering finish that just doesn’t quit. After growing his grapes with strict biodynamic protocol, Gravner lets his white grapes sit on the skins in his amphora for around seven months, fermenting each grape varietal separately; then he blends and ages the wine in casks for about six years before bottling, without fining or filtration. Unlike some other natural winemakers, Gravner does add small amounts of sulfur, believing that a tiny amount will keep his living, breathing wines from oxidizing.
Gravner Breg Anfora 2005 750ml
Gravner Breg Anfora 2005 750ml
Price: $89.99

Exquisitely balanced, the ’05 Breg Anfora is a blend of Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Riesling Italico--and it’s a wine whose textured whole is so much more than the sum of its parts. A gorgeous, textured wine, the saffron-hued '05 Breg has a righteous mouth-feel that's filled with velvety tannins, a deceptively chewy body, and Gravner's trademark psychedelic palate. After growing his grapes with strict biodynamic protocol, Gravner lets his white grapes sit on the skins in his amphora for around twelve months; then he ages the wine in casks for about six years before bottling, without fining or filtration. Unlike some other natural winemakers, Gravner does add small amounts of sulfur, believing that a tiny amount will keep his living, breathing wines from oxidizing, or dying a premature death. Ripe apricots, honeycomb, wildflowers and spices swirl and meld in the '05 Breg, a wine whose food-friendliness will surprise and ultimately delight.
Gravner Ribolla Gialla Anfora 2005 750ml
Gravner Ribolla Gialla Anfora 2005 750ml
Price: $89.99

Opulent, intense, and textured, the '05 Ribolla Gialla is a powerful wine--it’s a white that drinks like a red. This structured, fantastically layered wine shows ineffable notes of caramel, orchard fruit, crushed seashells, and minerals, all carried by velvety tannins. After growing his grapes with strict biodynamic protocol, Gravner lets his white grapes sit on the skins in his amphorae for around twelve months; then he ages the wine in casks for about six years before bottling, without fining or filtration. Unlike some other natural winemakers, Gravner does add small amounts of sulfur, believing that a tiny amount will keep his living, breathing wines from oxidizing, or dying a premature death. This amber wine is best served like a red and enjoyed with hearty fare. Trust us: its palate of honeyed apricots and peaches, warm spices, and savory caramel will stand up to it.
Gravner Ribolla Gialla Anfora 2007 750ml
Gravner Ribolla Gialla Anfora 2007 750ml
Price: $89.99

Orchard and tropical fruits dance with baking spices, underbrush, honeyed citrus, crushed wildflowers and earth in this silky, kinetic ’07 Ribolla Gialla. This amber wine coats the palate with myriad flavors, studs the cheeks with tannins, and unspools to show a mesmerizing texture. Sweet fruit balances with savory herbs and umami in this utterly beguiling, terrifically food-friendly wine. This amber wine is best served like a red, decanted and at cellar temperature; enjoy it with hearty fare--its palate of will stand up to it. Like Gravner’s Breg, a blend of white grapes, this mono-varietal Ribolla Gialla ferments on the skins for about a year in amphora and then ages for a year in cask before bottling. It’s an age-worthy experience in natural winemaking that could only come from the hand of Josko Gravner.