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  1. BASTIANICH 2016 "VESPA" BIANCO

    Item #: i_303557
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 94
    WINE ADVOCATE 94+ POINTS - " This blend of mostly Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, with a touch of Picolit, was bottled in July 2017. Once again, Bastianich offers us some wonderful candied fruit notes along with some tart lemon soda in the 2016 Vespa Bianco. The wine shines with bright intensity and possesses remarkable balance. There is a nice creaminess to the texture, and it has inner firmness and tightness that bodes well for the way the wine will evolve over the next few years. This is a beautiful blend."

    Joe Bastianich may be from New York, but he is building quite a reputation locally with his La Mozza restaurants in LA and Newport Beach. Depending on who you ask, Joseph (Joe) Bastianich may be from New York, but he is building quite a reputation locally with his La Mozza restaurants in LA and Newport Beach. Depending on whom you ask, Joseph Bastianich is known as a winery owner in Fruili, author on one of the best books on Italian wines (Vino Italiano), one of the celebrity judges on Top Chef, or simply "Lidia’s son." Joe is one of the most accomplished and diversely talented wine personalities in America. His Vespa Bianco has a seductive richness reminiscent of Meursault’s “honey on toast” with layers of brightness, minerality, and floral touches weaving throughout.
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  2. DAMIJAN 2016 KAPLJA BIANCO

    Item #: i_303580
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ORGANICALLY FARMED

    Chardonnay 40%, Friuilano 30%, Malvasia Istriana 30%

    This wine boasts an intense gold color which is given by the level of ripeness of the grapes at the time of harvest, by the low yield per hectare in the vineyards, by the increased skin contact during fermentation as well as the ageing method. It is sweet and open on the nose. It has intense aromas of fresh, ripe fruit, pears and spices, with a floral, honey-like aftertaste. Outstanding length and balance with sweet, packed tannins.
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  3. GENIO 2017 GIOIRE FRIULANO

    Item #: i_302713
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Genio ("genius") is the label for this project out of Friuli in Northeastern Italy. Gioire ("to enjoy") is the name of this particular wine, made from the Friulano grape. It's a wine made with minimal intervention, with a firm nod to tradition, and showing the fleshier, medium bodied style the grape can make. It's indeed a joy to drink, with moderate levels of pear and citrus flavors, yellow peach, almond, along with a fresh herbal and chamomile character and subtle crushed rock minerality.
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  4. GENIO 2017 SOGNARE, 500ML PICOLIT & VERDUZZO

    Item #: i_301912
    Bottle Size: 500ml
    A wonderful & traditional style sweet wine from Friuli made from dried Picolit and Verduzzo grapes. Genio is a very small producer making wines that are truly reflective of the Friulian wine culture. Sognare (sohn-YAH-ray) means "to dream."
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  5. I CLIVI 2018 RIBOLLA GIALLA

    Item #: i_300024
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ORGANICALLY FARMED & PRACTICING BIODYNAMIC

    Old Style Production Wines, Indigenous yeasts, Independent Winegrowners
    Orange peel, melon, apple Golden and delicate yellow flowers
    Linear, from lemon zest references, salty final, very dry and savoury.

    Ferdinando Zanusso set up "i Clivi" in the early 1990s. He wanted to preserve the character of the land using the traditional varieties, because he felt that the wines had drifted from their inherent character.

    Ferdinando was able to purchase two ancient vineyards. Twelve hectares of very old vines on steep, terraced hills in two of Friuli's best sites: eight in Corno di Rosazzo, in the Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC district; plus four in Brazzano di Cormons, in the Collio district. The vines were in very poor condition, fortunately most could be saved.

    The winery is certified organic, though this is a point of minimal importance, the wines are produced with a minimalist approach, in order to maintain the purity of the wines. The current production is around 1,500 cases of white and 500 of red. Ferdinando and his son Mario run the small property.

    Soil of Marl and sandstone, 30 year old vines, gentle whole bunch pressing, indigenous yeasts, no malolatic fermentation, 6 months maturation in stainless steel, no oak, no fining.
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  6. IL CARPINO 2013 CHARDONNAY "ORANGE WINE"

    Item #: i_301904
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ORANGE WINE

    This winery near the Slovenian border makes lovely minimal interventionist wines. This Chardonnay from the Venezia Giulia denomination is made with 7 days of skin contact and aged in large Slavonian oak for a year followed by ageing in stainless steel, then held in bottle for several years before release.
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  7. JERMANN 2013 VINTAGE TUNINA

    Item #: i_305867
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    James Suckling: 95
    Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Ribolla Gialla, Malvasia Istriana, and Picolit.

    JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - "The complexity and depth to this wine is really beautiful with sliced, spiced pears and lemons with wonderful length and focus. Spicy. Showing beautiful balance and depth. "
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  8. JERMANN 2018 PINOT GRIGIO

    Item #: i_302650
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    James Suckling: 91
    Wine Enthusiast: 91 Points
    ORGANICALLY FARMED

    Jermann is a specialist in modern Friulian winemaking, led by their innovative "Vintage Tunina," which became a cult wine in the 70s, helping spur a revolution in the Italian wine industry.

    JAMES SUCKLING 91 POINTS - "A delicious pinot grigio with cooked apples and honey and hints lemon rind, following through to a medium body. Dried-apple and pineapple character at the finish."
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  9. KRIS 2018 PINOT GRIGIO

    Item #: i_302412
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Winery Notes - "Brilliant lemon-green in color, Kris offers enticing aromas of acacia flowers, citrus, tangerine, and hints of almonds. Recommended with risotto, tossed salads, homemade pasta and grilled white meats or salmon." Kris is one of our best selling Pinot Grigios every year.
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  10. MEROI 2017 FRIULANO

    Item #: i_302043
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    was $46.99 Special Price $39.99
  11. RONCHI DI CIALLA 2009 REFOSCO DAL PEDUNCOLO CIALLA

    Item #: i_305016
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    100% Refosco Dal Peduncolo Rosso. Deep red color with slight violet tint. A rich, complex, earthy wine. Mature, dark fruit aromas and flavors with a hint of spiciness. Characteristic minerality from the flysch Eocene soil. Grapes ferment with indigenous yeast. Wine is aged in wood barrels for a year then in bottles for three more years, leaving time for the wine to settle. An elegant version of this local variety. Pairs best with game, meat dishes, grilled meats or aged cheeses.
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  12. SCARPETTA 2018 PINOT GRIGIO

    Item #: i_302054
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Scarpetta is a winery owned and operated by Bobby Stuckey, M.S. and Chef Lachlan Patterson who are the owners and creators of Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, Colorado. Frasca is a restaurant inspired by the culture and cuisine of Friuli Venezia-Giulia, Italy. We work with three of the best vineyards for Pinot Grigio in Friuli. The first vineyard is on the rolling banks of the Isonzo River, the second is in the hills of the Collio and the third is in the hills of the Collio Orientali del Friuli. Our grapes are planted in cooler sites resulting in a wine of balanced acidity and alcohol. The wine shows that Pinot Grigio can be light and dry with veins of minerality and floral aromatics.

    Aromatics: Aromas of white flowers, stone fruits such as apricots and peach and hints of minerality.
    Palate: On the palate, the wine is crisp and dry with medium high acidity and tastes of stone fruits, lavender, honey, pear, white flowers and minerals.
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  13. SPECOGNA 2017 IDENTITA

    Item #: i_301909
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Friulano – Malvasia - Ribolla gialla
    Vineyards planted between 1960 and 1988

    Sweet, large, spicy with varietal characteristics; with hints of citrus, almond, walnut, exotic fruit and hints of white peach, sage and white pepper. Wine with a great structure, with good acidity and harmonious fruit and spice; the typical almond aftertaste and exotic fruit is very persistent.
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  14. SPECOGNA 2018 RAMATO PINOT GRIGIO

    Item #: i_302711
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    PRACTICING ORGANIC

    This is a classic Friulian Pinot Grigio made by allowing the juice and skins to macerate for 3 days, giving it a copper-blush hue. Then, 20% of the wine is aged in 1500 Liter barrels and 80% in stainless steel for a total of 8 months. Refreshing and mineral, it has subtle orange and stone fruit notes, with a moderately rich mouthfeel and finish due to that extended skin contact. A flexible food partner!
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  15. VENICA 2018 PINOT GRIGIO "JESERA"

    Item #: i_373036
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    WINERY NOTES - "The natural copper-colored extracted with maceration is the signature of this wine and its richness with reminiscent of pear Williams, banana, and Acacia flowers wrapped in a slight scent of fresh apricot. Intriguing taste with pleasant flavors of pear syrup and quince peels. Good acid/alcohol balance with a long fruity finish"
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  16. VIGNAI DA DULINE 2018 MALVASIA ISTRIANA "CHIOMA INTEGRALE"

    Item #: i_305348
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    PRACTICING ORGANIC

    KERMIT LYNCH WINE MERCHANT - "Chioma in Italian means 'long hair' and 'canopy of tree leaves.' Though it is generally accepted that vines are trimmed of excess leaves or fruit to concentrate a vine’s efforts toward healthy bunches of grapes, Lorenzo and Federica let their vines find their own balance, choosing not to trim any of their vines. Suffice it to say that this is one of Duline’s many secrets to success. Malvasia Istriana is a form of the Malvasia grape that is native to the Istrian Peninsula, and it produces deliciously complex white wines that are a far cry from other Malvasia produced in central Italy. This is a seductive apéritif and an excellent seafood white."

    Aged for 7-8 months: Half of it in 5-year old 11 hectoliter oak barrels, and half in 2.5 hectoliter barrels between 5 and 15-years old.
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