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2013 Venezia Giulia Chardonnay

Edi Kante

2013 Venezia Giulia Chardonnay Edi Kante - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
The Carso is a strange place to grow grapes: this limestone plateau, hundreds of meters above the Adriatic coastline and not far from the city of Trieste, has practically no soil! When Edi Kante planted his vineyards, he had to carry over heaps of red clay dug up from deep gulleys that dot the landscape—the only place where soil can be found. These Chardonnay vines survive thanks to this thin layer of dirt, and then are met with nothing but hard rock below. Factor in the proximity to the sea, and Kante’s wines are pure mineral with a crisp, saline finish. You’ll also find fleshy white fruit and a lovely creaminess, so there is an element of charm to coat the stone. Drink or hold.

Anthony Lynch

$35.00
Vintage: 2013
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Chardonnay
Appellation: Venezia Giulia
Country: Italy
Region: Friuli
Producer: Edi Kante
Winemaker: Edi Kante
Vineyard: 14 years average, 1.8 ha
Soil: Clay and Limestone
Aging: Aged for 12 months in old barrels, then aged for 6 more months in stainless steel tank
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About Friuli

Friuli may be forever tied to its bland, acidic Pinot Grigios, which at one point saturated the export market, but a deeper look reveals a captivating array of unique grape-growing sites, distinctive indigenous varieties, and passionate small growers keen on preserving a rich tradition of winemaking.

Here in Italy’s northeast corner, the region is shared between the Julian Alps in the north and plains leading to the Adriatic Sea in the south, bound by the Veneto to the west and Slovenia to the east. While it is one of the wettest regions of Italy—and all of Europe, for that matter—Friuli benefits from the push-and-pull of cool air currents from the mountains meeting warmer breezes from the Adriatic. A crescent-shaped slice of foothills, where both play a role, tends to produce the region’s finest wines.

Nothing is more emblematic to Friulian wine than a crisp, peachy Ribolla Gialla served with thinly sliced prosciutto San Daniele, a local specialty. And yet, this only begins to tell the story: high-acid, mineral-driven whites from a number of local varieties including Tocai Friulano, Pinot Grigio, and Malvasia range from light and crisp to powerful and age-worthy, complementing Adriatic shellfish, hearty mountain cheeses, and everything in between. Native reds like Schioppettino, Terrano, and Refosco all have something unique to say, while there has even been significant success with French varieties like Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Merlot, all long established in the region.

Friuli’s diversity is its strength, and it keeps us coming back for more. In fact, Kermit imported one of the region’s first organic growers toward the start of his career; our more recent collaboration with producers like Vignai da Duline is a testament to the enormous potential when devoted artisans put their hearts into Friuli’s fascinating terroir.

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I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.

Inspiring Thirst, page 171

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