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2016 Venezia Giulia Vitovska

Edi Kante

After a lengthy barrel tasting in the depths of Edi Kante’s chilly, cavernous limestone cellar, we typically climb a seemingly endless spiral staircase back to the ground floor and settle at the table, tantalized by the scent of ultra-fresh seafood wafting out from behind the closed kitchen door. Signora Kante soon emerges, platter in hand, and so begins our tasting of the bottled wines, accompanied by Friuli’s finest Adriatic specialties in their most elemental form. While any Kante white is at home alongside steamed langoustines, salt-baked branzino, or gently crisped frittura di pesce, Edi’s Vitovska is perhaps the best match for his wife’s simple, purist approach to preparing fish. Balancing brightness with creaminess, this native white of the Carso region is clean and saline with subtle aromatics, providing the perfect canvas for the exquisite flavors of delicate and refined seafood preparations.

Anthony Lynch

$35.00
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Vitovska
Appellation: Venezia Giulia
Country: Italy
Region: Friuli
Producer: Edi Kante
Winemaker: Edi Kante
Vineyard: 8 years average
Soil: Clay and Limestone
Aging: Aged for 12 months in old barrels, then aged for 6 more months in stainless steel tank, and in bottle for 7 years
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 12%

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About Friuli

map of 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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