The white version of Morus is a magical blend of Malvasia Istriana and Sauvignon. The Malvasia comes from their red clay terroir at Duline; the Sauvignon comes from their sandstone marl terroir at Ronco Pittoti. The very different yet complementary grapes and terroirs create a symphony of flavor and a Friulian wine experience with few equals. Aged in neutral barrels with complete malo, Morus Alba is a full-bodied, textured white with many layers. It should be decanted and savored in large Burgundy glasses, as you would do with a fine Meursault. Discovering each arrival from Duline, getting acquainted with each, beginning to realize what you’ve got in your glass—is a profound experience.
|Blend:||60% Malvasia Istriana, 40% Sauvignon|
|Producer:||Vignai da Duline|
|Winemaker:||Federica Magrini, Lorenzo Mochiutti|
|Vineyard:||Planted in 1940 & 1979, .36 ha (Malvasia) 1.04 ha (Sauvignon|
|Soil:||Red soil (Malvasia) Flysch soil (Sauvignon)|
|Aging:||Aged for 11 months in 2.5 hl oak barrels|
Vignai da Duline Italy | Friuli | Venezia Giulia
In the late 1990s Lorenzo Mocchiutti and wife Federica Magrini inherited a few hectares of vines from Lorenzo's grandfather. These vineyards, mostly neglected for decades, were planted primarily with old vines of local grape varieties like Tocai Giallo, Malvasia Istriana, as well as common varieties like Pinot Grigio, and Merlot. This husband and wife team sum up their respectful, holistic approach to vineyard management best: We believe our wines can convey our respect for the delicate balance of our environment, the care and personal attention we afford to every stage of the production process, and our pursuit of the highest quality wine and viticulture. The grapes carry a memory of the earth they grew in.
Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch