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Morus Alba is a magical blend of old-vine Malvasia Istriana grown in red clay with a rare, ancient clone of Sauvignon in sandstone marl soil (known as flysch). The very different, yet complementary grapes and terroirs create 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. The tiny yields give an intensely concentrated wine of immense complexity, with delicate aromas of white flowers and ripe citrus soaring over a deep, rich structure, all balanced on a taut beam of minerality. 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.
I think Morus Alba is best drunk in front of the sea, with fish appetizers—even raw. One night in a restaurant, I witnessed a man pour a splash directly into a shucked oyster. It was a simple, yet powerful pairing. Otherwise, I suggest a vegetable risotto, or a pasta with zucchini and shrimp.
—Federica Magrini of Vignai da Duline
|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 | Friuli Colli Orientali
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