2005 Gravner Breg Anfora, Italy, Friuli, Wine Review


It can be hard to find a time to open these kinds of "orange" wines.  I love them but they are not for everyone.  This is a white blend of grapes that is fermented, on the skins in amphorae and then finished in barrels.  It has Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Riesling.  These kind of wines are best served at cellar temperature.  Golden brown in color.  The nose is oxidized but also has some apple cider, slight citrus and even a floral note.  If oxidized wines bother you, stay away.  I found the nose vibrant.  On the palate, this is also vibrant and full of energy.  Apple cider

2003 Merk Aquileia Treuve Bianco, Italy, Friuli - Wine Review


Sometimes wine fool you and they last.  Not so much this time.  At 14 years from vintage, this is not dead but well past prime I think.  Of course, with age, all bottles are different, but if you own any of this, you should probably check in on it.  Deep golden in color.  The nose has note of bell pepper and asparagus.  No fruit.  On the palate, its a bit better with a nice minerality but has a metallic note on the finish.  All that sounds terrible and its not leading me to believe younger vintages may have something to offer.  This one is worth dirnking if you have it (as oppose to dumping

Friuli White Wines: Refreshing (and Sometimes Quirky)

Summer is approaching and like many wine buffs, my thoughts turn to refreshing white wines. My wife and I love to drink them on the front porch watching the sun descend after a day of work and continue with them at the dinner table. There is a wide variety of wonderful whites made all over the world. Some of the best values and best white wines in general hail from the northern regions of Italy. Some of the best of the best of those come from the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia.