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Vie di Romans Flors di Uis 2014

Other White Blends from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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Winemaker Notes

Bright straw yellow. Charming aromatic bouquet of white flowers, golden apple, apricot, pear, honey, with mineral and citrus sensations. On the palate the graceful flavors of Riesling and Malvasia Istriana melt perfectly with the weight and texture of Friulano. Firm acidity and a clean, rich finish.

Ideal with more elaborated seafood recipes, like lobster risotto or tuna tartar, and with any spicy dishes

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JS 92
James Suckling
Very phenolic on the nose with sliced green apples and wonderful florals. Medium to full body, bright fruit and a lively finish. Vibrant and focused. Riesling, malvasia and friulano.
W&S 91
Wine & Spirits
A wet growing season yielded a light version of this blend, with lovely aromatics and slightly lower alcohol than it usually carries. Made from nearly equal parts malvasia and riesling with 15 percent friulano, it smells of spring wildflowers, peaches and orange zest and tastes of juicy stone fruit and citrus. An orange-oil bitterness and brown spice gives an impression of sweetness, yet the wine is fully dry, a cool, zesty match for a spicy Thai salad.
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Vie di Romans

Vie di Romans

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Vie di Romans, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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An in-depth understanding of all the factors underlying a specific sensory experience is of course the goal of anyone who strives for a deeper appreciation of the fruit of the winemaker's art. The production of outstanding grapes and wines is linked to a broad range of factors, but considering these in a cursory manner will not reveal the intimate character of a winemaking enterprise: instead of simply co-relating good quality with terroir or with winemaking practices, one must attempt to trace the synergy of agents which interact to produce that wine. In the following pages, then, we intend to consider only those factors which contribute the most to defining the character of Vie di Romans' wines; they fall into three categories: environment, viticulture, and man.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia

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The source of some of Italy’s best and most distinctive white wines, Friuli-Venezia Giulia is where Italian, Germanic and Slavic cultures converge. The styles of wines produced in this region of Italy's far north-east reflect this merging of cultures. Often shortened to just “Friuli,” the area is divided into many distinct subzones, including Friuli Grave, Colli Orientali del Friuli, Collio Goriziano and Carso. The flat valley of Friuli Grave is responsible for a large proportion of the region’s wine production, particularly the approachable Pinot grigio and the popular Prosecco. The best vineyard locations are often on hillsides, as in Colli Orientali del Friuli or Collio. In general, Friuli boasts an ideal climate for viticulture, with warm sunny days and chilly nights, which allow grapes to ripen slowly and evenly.

In Colli Orientali, the specialty is crisp, flavorful white wine made from indigenous varieities like Friulano (formerly known as Tocai Friulano), Ribolla gialla and Malvasia Istriana.

Red wines, though far less common here, can be quite good, especially when made from the deeply colored, rustic Refosco variety. In Collio Goriziano, which abutts Slovenia, many of the same varieties are planted. International varieties like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc are also common, but they tend to be Loire-like in style with herbaceous character and mellow tannins. Carso’s star grape is the red Teranno, notable for being rich in iron content and historically consumed for health purposes. It has an earthy, meaty profile and is often confused with the distinct variety Refosco.

Other White Blends

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With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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