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2017 Venezia Giulia Bianco “Morus Alba”

Vignai da Duline
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Never have I opened a bottle of Duline and wondered what all the fuss is about. Each one delivers on the promise I’ve heard over and over, that these are some of the most captivating wines in all of Friuli. Morus Alba, a mouthwatering blend of Malvasia Istriana and Sauvignon Blanc, is the botanical name for the white mulberry trees that grow amid Duline’s vineyards, which you’ll also notice on their simple label. It may sound silly, but if mindfulness were a glass of wine you could sip, this would be it: center into the present, wind down, and focus on its appeal while all distractions disappear.

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2017
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 60% Malvasia Istriana, 40% Sauvignon
Appellation: Delle Venezie
Country: Italy
Region: Friuli
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
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About The Region

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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Kermit inspecting wine barrels

For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.

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