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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
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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.
Fuligni Rosso di Montalcino Ginestreto 2013 750ml
Fuligni Rosso di Montalcino Ginestreto 2013 750ml
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Juicy cherries and berries, warm spices, citrus zest, crushed wildflowers and a touch of earth cavort in the nose of this ’13 Rosso di Montalcino. Balancing bright acidity with chewy tannins, this Rosso is pure joy to drink, and it gives a delicious preview to this intense vintage. A single-vineyard Rosso di Montalcino, this wine is crafted from Sangiovese Grosso sourced from the Ginestra vineyard, which gets its name from its thickets of yellow-flowered bush. After temperature-controlled fermentation, this wine ages in both Slavonian barrel and oak tonneaux for several months before bottling. Fewer than 800 cases produced.
Fuligni Rosso di Montalcino Ginestreto 2016 750ml
Fuligni Rosso di Montalcino Ginestreto 2016 750ml
Price: $32.99

Classic, fresh and utterly charming, this ’16 Rosso di Montalcino layers its crisp, ripe red fruits with violet petals, underbrush, warm baking spices, and a dusting of potpourri. This wine balances its acidic zing with nicely hefty dry extract, a feature of the low producing 2016 vintage, and it unfurls with captivating power and persistence, building to a satisfying, mineral-laden finish. A single-vineyard Rosso di Montalcino, this wine is crafted from Sangiovese Grosso sourced from the Ginestra vineyard, which gets its name from its thickets of yellow-flowered bush. Deriving from vines between ten and 15 years old grown in stony, clayey soils, grapes ferment for 18 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel; this wine ages in stainless steel for four or five months, followed by about seven months in a combination of Slavonian barrels and oak tonneaux, and two months in bottle. Fewer than 800 cases produced.
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 very 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 enhanced terroir.
Movia Puro Rose 2003 750ml
Movia Puro Rose 2003 750ml
Price: $52.99

Vivacious and elegant, the ’03 Puro Rosé layers its orchard fruits with tropical notes, complements its succulent berry tones with crushed slate, and sprinkles the nose with wildflowers and forest floor. This wine unfurls to reveal a palate that oscillates between juicy fruits and satisfying mushroom notes, and it builds to a resounding, brilliant finish. 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 very 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 enhanced terroir.
Miani Bianco 2015 750ml
Miani Bianco 2015 750ml
Price: $79.00
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Layering its sweet tropical and orchard fruits with bright citrus, saline minerals, rain-spattered white flowers, and a kiss of spice, this ’15 Bianco is a subtly powerful treat. Crafted from Tocai Friulano with a bit of Malvasia and Ribolla, this Bianco shows marvelous purity, matching sweetness with a sturdy mineral core; this wine unfurls in the mouth to reveal a silky electricity and a kaleidoscopic palate that changes at every turn. Building to a lingering, luminous finish, this wine shows that it has the structure to drink very nicely over the medium term. Miani has intensely low production numbers--just 8,000 bottles, or fewer than 700 cases across all labels for any given vintage--and demand always outstrips supply for these cult Friulian wines.
Gravner Ribolla Gialla 2008 750ml
Gravner Ribolla Gialla 2008 750ml
Price: $84.99
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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 Ribolla Gialla Anfora 2005 750ml
Gravner Ribolla Gialla Anfora 2005 750ml
Price: $89.99
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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.