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2015 Friuli Colli Orientali Ribolla Gialla

La Viarte

2015 Friuli Colli Orientali Ribolla Gialla La Viarte - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
The crystalline freshness of this native Friulian white makes it a godsend at table: consider this the ultimate wine for your aperitivi and antipasti when you desire a mouthwatering, mineral-driven bianco. The variety’s trademark is a subtle bitter almond finish that lends itself to some of the more divine prosciutto pairings achievable in fine wine. Until then, it’s all bright, lively, citrus and floral notes that simultaneously allay thirst and inspire much more of it.

Anthony Lynch

$23.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Ribolla GIalla
Appellation: Colli Orientali di Friuli
Country: Italy
Region: Friuli
Producer: La Viarte
Winemaker: Giulio Ceschin
Vineyard: 32 - 35 years, 1.39 ha
Soil: Eocene Marl and Sandstone
Aging: One month of bottle aging before release
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 12.5%

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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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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

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