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2021 Friuli Venezia Giulia Malvasia “Chioma Integrale”

Vignai da Duline

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None of the whites of this beautiful region show more potential than the local Malvasia Istriana. Hauntingly and uniquely perfumed, with ripe, buttery peach, green almond, and sea salt, the aroma of a well-made version is worth the price of entry—and nowhere is this more aptly demonstrated than at this address. A plump-bodied, smooth white that is also bright and invigorating, Duline’s Chioma has an engaging personality that is wonderful with fresh seafood pasta—shrimp scampi would make a great pairing. I also tried it last night with the NYT artichoke carbonara recipe and it was a perfect fit.

Dixon Brooke

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Malvasia Istriana
Appellation: Venezia Giulia
Country: Italy
Region: Friuli
Producer: Vignai da Duline
Winemaker: Federica Magrini, Lorenzo Mochiutti
Vineyard: Planted in 1960, .53 ha
Soil: Limestone and clay red soil
Aging: Aged for 7-8 months, 50% in 5-year old + 11hl oak barrel, 50% in 2.5hl barrels between 5 and 15-years old
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About The Region


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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Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

Inspiring Thirst, page 312

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