I recently participated in the Simply Italian Americas Tour held at the Ritz Carlton Ft. Lauderdale. It was a chance to learn, make contacts and meet some old friends.
anywhere in the country.
Those encounters alone warranted my participation. But the seminars and tasting were great opportunities to learn and also to meet great contacts for our upcoming tours, notably Gianfranco Lena of Abbazia Santa Anastasia and Flora Mondello of Gaglio, both Sicilian and both will be on our itinerary in October.
Our tasting featured 10 wines from the Friuli Grave subregion of Friuli, where there are only 5,000 acres of vineyards located primarily on whatever level ground can be found in this mountainous area. There are 56 wineries and 3 cooperatives producing 10 million bottles.
The soil is similar to Chateauneuf du Pape, very very rocky. There are 3 local grapes: Friulano, Verduzzo and Refosco as well as 9 international varieties. The production is mostly white sparkling wines made from Glera, Ribolla Gialla and Sciaglin.
Here are my tasting notes:
Spumante Cuvée Brut Jader by La Delizia: mostly from Glera with 20% Ribolla Gialla, a fruity, crisp aroma, pale yellow color, slight sweetness, very much like Prosecco;
Spumante Sciaglin Brut by Bulfon: 100% Sciaglin, herbal aroma, pale yellow color, a pleasant bitterness and long finish (not available in the US)
Spumante Ribolla Gialla Brut Nature by Bosco Albano: 100% Ribolla Gialla, delicate floral aroma, also apples and peach, a delightful wine
Spumante Ribolla Gialla Brut by Pecol Boin, 100% Ribolla Gialla, not as nice as the previous wine, lacking that intriguing bitterness
Spumante Ribolla Gialla Brut by Pitars, 100% Ribolla Gialla, pale almost white color, dried fruit aroma, full, round body, a wonderful wine;
Spumante Ribolla Gialla Brut Onedis by Piera Martellozzo: 100% Ribolla Gialla, straw yellow color, intense aroma of apples, peach and grapefruit, well balanced minerality and long finish;
Spumante Brut by Fossa Mala: Chardonnay (80%) and Pinot Nero (20%), pale yellow green
color, fresh aroma of flowers with yeastiness associated with Champagne, a very nice wine;
Pinot Grigio 2017 by Vistorta-Conte Brandolini: a deep yellow color due probably to its age and ripeness, a lot of flavor with a delightful refreshing bitterness, this will change your mind about Pinot Grigio;
Friulano 2017 by Terre Rosse: straw yellow color, aromas of stone fruit, round flavors, it was pointed out that the stone terroir accentuates the flavors;
Friulano 2017 by DeLorenzi: straw yellow color, floral aroma, full-bodied with again a delightful bitterness.