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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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Masut da Rive Maurus Chardonnay 2018 750ml
Masut da Rive Maurus Chardonnay 2018 750ml
Price: $19.99

Smokey minerals, toasted hazelnuts, pressed white flowers, vanilla and spices frame the juicy orchard fruits in this delectable ’18 Chardonnay. Round in the mouth, this wine finds energy in its savory mineral core and vivid acidic spine. Whole clusters of Chardonnay grapes ferment for about three days in temperature-control stainless steel; the wine ages on the lees for eight to twelve months in barrel before light filtration and resting in bottle for three months prior to release. more info
Fantinel One & Only Prosecco Brut Millesimato 2018 750ml
Fantinel One & Only Prosecco Brut Millesimato 2018 750ml
Price: $19.99

Fresh and very pretty, the ’18 One & Only Prosecco explodes with tart green apples, juicy pears, and succulent peaches, underlain by crushed herbs, white wildflower petals, grapefruit zest and a touch of minerals. The perlage is fine and persistent, filling the palate with a satisfying, elegant feel as the wine glides to a clean, graceful finish. The grapes for this cru Prosecco are hand-harvested; after the first fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel, this wine enjoys a 120-day second fermentation with natural yeasts in the Charmat method before bottling. more info
Draga Collio Ribolla Gialla 2016 750ml
Draga Collio Ribolla Gialla 2016 750ml
Price: $21.99

An enchanting yellow with a tinge of pale green in the glass, the ’16 Ribolla Gialla bursts with ripe orchard and tropical fruits, acacia petals, hay, pressed herbs, and lemon zest. Vivid acidity matches with subtle minerality in this persistent, seamless white. Deriving from a 7.4-acre plot of 20 to 40-year-old Ribolla Gialla vines grown in sandstone and marl soils, grapes rest on the skins for 24 hours, and after soft pressing, ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel; the wine ages for seven months, also in steel, before being bottled and resting for six months prior to release. more info
Angelo Negro Serra Lupini Roero Arneis DOCG 2018 750ml
Angelo Negro Serra Lupini Roero Arneis DOCG 2018 750ml
Price: $21.99

Aromatic and intense, this ’18 Roero Arneis leaps from the glass with a profusion of crisp orchard and lush tropical fruits, acacia honey, white wildflowers, lemon zest and river rocks. Fresh yet creamy, this wine glides with electric acidity as it builds to a mineral-laden, persistent finish that’s clean and food friendly. This mono-varietal Arneis derives from calcareous, sandy soils; grapes ferment in in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for four months on the lees in stainless steel before resting in bottle. more info
Cecilia Elba Ansonica 2018 750ml
Cecilia Elba Ansonica 2018 750ml
Price: $21.99

Elba, the island located in the Tyrrhenian Sea just off the coast of Toscana, possesses ancient viticulture, terrific microclimates, and wonderful mineral-rich soils. Mostly Ansonica with about 20% other local grape varietals, this bright, fresh white wraps its succulent stone and citrus fruits around a core of crushed river rocks, white wildflowers, and subtle spices. This harmonious, fresh white is perfect to accompany a range of foods from fish dishes to white meats to salads and vegetable stews. Grapes ferment for about two weeks in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages in stainless steel and then rests in bottle prior to release. more info
Draga Collio Friulano 2015 750ml
Draga Collio Friulano 2015 750ml
Price: $22.99

Bitter almonds, white wildflowers, tropical fruits, wild herbs, and a dusting of spices frame the tart, succulent orchard fruits in this ’15 Friulano. Elegant and sapid, this wine feels crisp, brisk and lively as it glides to a food-friendly, mineral-inflected finish. Deriving from 60-year-old vines grown in clay and marl soils known as “ponca,” grapes stay on the skins for 24 hours, and after soft pressing, ferment for about a month in temperature-controlled stainless steel; the wine ages for five months in steel, before being filtered and resting in bottle for three months prior to release. more info
Masut Da Rive Maurus Pinot Nero 2017 750ml
Masut Da Rive Maurus Pinot Nero 2017 750ml
Price: $24.99

Sun-drenched red and blue fruits mingle with underbrush, crushed violets, fresh loam, and pipe tobacco in this elegant, succulent ’17 Pinot Nero. Swaddling the palate with velvety tannins, the wine’s keen acidity keeps it nimble and very food friendly. Deriving from a 1.2-acre plot of vines with rocky, clayey soils, Pinot Nero grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for twelve to eighteen months in barriques before bottling, where it rests for a year prior to release. more info
Fantinel Cabernet Sauvignon Sant'Helena Trevenezie 2014 750ml
Fantinel Cabernet Sauvignon Sant'Helena Trevenezie 2014 750ml
Price: $24.99

Soft and velvety, this ’14 Cabernet Sauvignon showcases its ultra-ripe red and blue fruits, layering them with peppery spices, warm earth, pressed wildflower petals, toasted wood, and forest floor. Ripe tannins meld seamlessly with kinetic acidity as this full-bodied Cab Sauv glides to a satisfying, lingering finish. After handpicking, about 20% of the grapes dry for two months before pressing to intensify flavors and texture; grapes ferment for 25 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for 18 months in oak barrels. more info
Fantinel Friulano Collio Sant'Helena 2018 750ml
Fantinel Friulano Collio Sant'Helena 2018 750ml
Price: $24.99

Food-friendly, fresh, and satisfyingly tart, this ’18 Friulano frames its crisp orchard fruits with white wildflowers, peppery spices, fresh-pressed herbs, bitter almonds, and lime zest. This wine puts its keen acidity front and center, but lush, creamy fruits provide a compelling counterweight; bitter almonds and sneaky minerality linger on the wine’s elegant, delicious finish. Deriving from sandstone-rich, marly soils, this wine both ferments and ages in temperature-controlled stainless steel to retain its aromatic purity. more info
Fantinel Ribolla Gialla Venezia Giulia Sant'Helena 2018 750ml
Fantinel Ribolla Gialla Venezia Giulia Sant'Helena 2018 750ml
Price: $24.99

Tart lemon, juicy apples, and luscious peaches layer with white wildflowers, crushed almonds, and savory minerality in this lip-smacking, medium-bodied ’18 Ribolla Gialla. Sweet fruits find their complements in saline minerality and delicate herbaceous notes in this beautifully balanced, textured and food-friendly white. Deriving from sandstone-rich, marly soils, this wine both ferments and ages in temperature-controlled stainless steel to retain its aromatic purity. more info