Looking for a buttery California Chardonnay? This is not it. Friuli’s chardonnays have an entirely different palate than a California Chard, mainly due to the fact that Friuli’s Chardonnays are entirely unoaked, bringing to bear a completely different taste, like nothing you have ever experienced. The 2015 vintage received the prestigious "Tre Bicchieri" award in the 2017 competition. This 2016 vintage is sure to follow suit.
This wine from di Lenardo, a family that has been making wine since 1878, is the only one in Friuli to use only vines of the “Musque” clone, meaning that this wine is highly aromatic and unique in its composition. Di Lenardo is acknowledged as one of the best-quality brands in the Friuli Grave area and the most technologically-advanced. Since 2009, the winery has used only use solar energy to run its cellar. Environmentally conscious, equally advanced in winemaking, try this little wine for a great surprise that will change your tastes in Chardonnay!
This 2015 vintage took home a gold medal in 2017, and the 2014 vintage was awarded the medal for best Italian sauvignon at the World Sauvignon competition in 2015. This delightful white is easy to drink and has the perfect WOW! factor that truly sets it apart. Looking for the perfect companion for a warm day or a fresh fish dish? This elegant sauvignon, with citrus notes of grapefruit, pineapple, yellow peppers and touches of tomato leaves will satisfy your palate, especially on a hot summer day!
This Pinot Grigio is di Lenardo’s best selling wine, and given that the family has been making wine since 1878, that is quite an achievement! Medium-bodied with crisp acidity, it is a solid example of why Friuli has achieved such notoriety for its whites, Pinot Grigio in particular. It leaves a long, pleasant finish, staying just long enough to allow you to savor it, but leaving nothing behind. This wine is completely unoaked, extremely well balanced and can be aged for the next 3-5 years, giving you plenty of time to enjoy all the bottles you have ordered!
Pinot Grigio has become the global synonym of Italian white wine. And in the hills of Friuli, it achieves is maximum expression. Sustainable farming practices in Friuli combined with cooler climates produce a supple wine with full-flavors, balances, and a touch of richness. Tenacious and strong-willed as the bears (‘orso’ in Italian) the family takes its name from, the Orsaria family has been crafting wines since 1949. The logo alone begs for exposure in California, but this unique pinot will take you on a journey right back to the eastern reaches of Italy.
Tired of drinking flat, sour, flavorless prosecco and want to try the real Italian kind? San Martino’s Prosecco DOC Millesimato from Treviso is intensely aromatic and crisp, with hints of green apple and banana that will leave your taste buds refreshed, not overwhelmed. Millestimato means that all the grapes used are from the same year - an indication of an excellent harvest. The harmony of smell and taste in this prosecco and its sleek flavor, not to mention great price, will make you a fan of this Champagne alternative.
This ancient native vine, recognized since 1300 as one of the best Friulian wines, particularly when produced in Rosazzo, has always been a standard for the company’s white wines. The Perusini Ribolla is actually the result of a lengthy clonal selection process, which has brought out the best of this wine. This wine expresses all the best of what this territory has to offer, this Ribolla Gialla will leave you with a concrete memory of the passion that the expert winemakers of Friuli have bottled.
This wine is sure to be a conversation-starter, you won’t believe you are looking at a pinot grigio. The unique light pink color with coppery highlights is the result of prolonged contact with the skins of the grapes during cellar fermentation. Refreshing fruit and flowery undertones complement this gorgeous wine that is sure to impress, you can’t find anything else like it!
Italian pinot nero? Just give it a try! The pride and joy of this winery, this wine really sets itself apart, even from the California pinots - dry and light, this is a real surprise! Only exceptional vintages are considered for wine making.
Saved from the brink of extinction only in the 1970’s, the schioppettino grape, a spicy, peppery native variety to Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, is extremely exclusive and sought after. The name means “gunshot” or “little crack” in Italian, because the grapes appear to be so tightly filled that they “explode” (schioppettare) in the mouth. This varietal is frequently known as “Ribolla Nera” amongst Friuli locals. Despite having recently been planted in one winery in California which is daring enough to try making this Italian relic, it dates back to at least 1282 in Italy and will remain a true Italian treasure.
Picolit is considered a gem among Italian wines. The origin of its name is from the low production of very small grapes. In fact, vines produce only about 10-15 grapes per bunch. Precisely for this reason, this wine is extremely exclusive, and has been the highlight of wines that has delighted the palates of Princes and Popes for centuries. Carlo Goldoni called it the brightest gem of Friuli wine.
This pinot grigio is rich and tropical, perfect for soups, pastas, and white meats. Bold enough to accompany food, light enough to drink alone. Intense nose of pear and melon with a tropical trace of lychee. Mouth-coating sensation on the finish, leaving just a hint of warmth.
For those who enjoy just the right hint of oak in a chardonnay, while still enjoying the flavor of the chardonnay grape bursting through, this wine is the perfect balance - drink it young or let it age for several years before enjoying. 40% of the wine sees fermentation in small capacity barrels, while the remaining 60% is aged in stainless steel. Harmony between structured fruit and a hint of custard make this chardonnay truly memorable.
A perfect blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, which most commonly appears in blended red wines, where it adds herbaceous accents of tobacco and dark spice. In Friuli, this blend is a daily staple, though 100% Cabernet Francs are also common. Enjoy the balance in this wine from the young but promising winery.
Friuli does Merlot differently. Not your typical California merlot, not overly jammy but with raspberry and plum undertones. Spices and fruit abound in this dryer merlot, sure to be a conversation starter.