by Michelangelo Zigiotti
04/FEB/2017 in Press
Wine Spectator has compiled the ranking of the 104 best Italian wineries and their wines. This list is the one that will be presented in OperaWine 2017. Let's find out what are the award-winning wineries!
Friuli-Venezia Giulia is again part of Wine Spectator ranking of the top 104 Italian wines. Wine Spectator is one of the most influential magazines in the wine world and this is the ranking that will be presented at OperaWine 2017, the opening event of Vinitaly in April.
The wineries that have won this prestigious title this year are four. Three of them are confirmations, but for one of them this is a beautiful and well-deserved surprise. The wineries are Livio Felluga, Jermann, La Tunella and Vie di Romans.
Livio Felluga certainly needs no introduction. They have been part of this ranking for many years. The wine that won the award this year is the Terre Alte 2008, an incredibly rich of personality wine, produced from grapes of Friulano, Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon. Pinot and Sauvignon mature in stainless steel tanks, leaving mineral notes and flavor. Friulano instead matures in small oak barrels which enrich the structure and give that wonderful smell of balsamic and spices. After 10 months, the wines are blended to give life to a wine of great character. If you are in Friuli and you want to visit the winery, it is located in Brazzano near Cormons in the province of Gorizia; the vineyards are in the DOC Collio and in the DOC Colli Orientali del Friuli areas.
The second winery cited is Jermann, and also for them it is not the first time. The wineries in this case are two, one in Ruttars (GO) and the other in Farra d'Isonzo (GO), both with vineyards belonging to the DOC Collio. The story of this company dates back to 1800, with founder Anton Jermann who arrived in Friuli-Venezia Giulia after having sold his vineyards in Austria and Slovenia. The story of the Jermann family goes on till the present days, offering excellent wines and cutting edge wineries, like the new one in Ruttars, a true jewel of wine-making technology. The wine that has won the coveted award is the Vintage Tunina 2013, a blend of Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Ribolla Gialla, Malvasia Istriana and Picolit. Picolit gives the solid and enjoyable alcohol content (13.5%). Defined in 1976 by Luigi Veronelli “The Mennea of Friulian wines", it just reached its 40th harvest.
La Tunella has been rewarded for Biancosesto 2013, a blend (50% and 50%) of Friulano and Ribolla Gialla. We can confidently define it a cold wine, and no, it's not a criticism or a joke, but rather a fact because the grapes undergo cold maceration at 4°C once harvested, then pressed gently and the wine is stabilized with the cold settling. The aging in oak barrels gives it the typical notes of pastry and vanilla, but this wine knows how to keep an extraordinary and very surprising freshness to the palate. The winery is located in Via del Collio in Ipplis Premariacco (UD), it is recent and it has been divided in two floors that make it very easy to perform the winemaking operations, since you can take advantage of the normal gravity to move the wine. The Zorzettig family has been cultivating vines for three generations in this land with love and passion.
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