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To all Wine Exchangers,
Because of what we do, it is not unusual for us to be asked what our favorite wines are.  There are a couple of recurring scenarios that occur as we try and answer the question honestly and not sound like we’re too above it all.  If you have only tasted two wines in your life, the answer to the question is quite simple.  But when you have tasted literally hundreds of thousands, it’s hard to narrow favorites down even to a couple hundred wines, let alone one or two.
The categories that get our attention can be pretty esoteric as well.  For example, one of our favorite places for white wines is northeastern Italy.  Here in the hills that elevate into the Alps there are high valleys with crystal clean air, bright sunshine and cool nights that create wines like nowhere else in the world.  Pure, insistent, remarkably expressive and lively on the palate, perfect foils to a wide variety of foods, the wines from this part of the world have a special character and vigor.  And one of our absolute favorites is the subject of today’s offer, a brilliant white wine house in Friuli called Vie di Romans.
We identified 'VdR' as one of the best-of-the-best in the region a very long time ago, and have always jumped at the chance to taste their newest wares.  Unfortunately, such chances have come far less often than we would have liked.  For one, the wines have not had consistent distribution over the years.  Most suppliers don’t have a lot of patience to try and develop higher priced Italian whites.  Also, because the wines cost quite a bit more than your ‘run-of-the-mill’ Friulanos, Pinot Grigios, and Sauvignons, suppliers are more reluctant to show them.  The perfectly valid opinion is that most restaurant/retail buyers would find them too pricey to work into standard scenarios.
Hey, we know people figure they can get ‘good’ Sauvignon Blanc for $15-16 while the Vie di Romans versions are over $30.  Yet there is no comparison.  The VdR wines are richer, more driving and more complex, simply a genre unto themselves with dazzling acidity and palate length that bears little resemblance to most of the vapid Sauvignons on the market.  These are two of the finest Sauvignons we have tasted in recent memory from anywhere, comparable to the best, cult producers from Sancerre, Bordeaux or the Napa Valley.
The single-vineyard Vie di Romans Sauvignon Blanc Piere Friuli Isonzo 2015 simply smells and tastes 'next level'.  There’s power, finesse, and complex flavors of grapefruit, stones, and apple, along with the classically Italian notes of sage and tomato leaf.  Oak would damage the wine’s more delicate Sancerre-esque terroir, so ‘Piere’ is done entirely in stainless steel with an eight-month sojourn on the lies and no malo-lactic.  The result is a sleek, vividly flavored effort that can play with Sauvignon’s costing a lot more.

James Suckling’s take? “Plenty of sliced apple, grass and fennel seed character. Medium body, tangy acidity and a smoky, slate aftertaste. Always excellent. Drink now... 93 Points.”  You can drink it now, but this meticulously crafted Sauvignon can age as well.

The Vie di Romans Sauvignon Blanc Vieris Friuli Isonzo 2015 kicks it up a notch.  It has everything that the Piere has, but more, and with a little different twist to the flavor profile.  A touch more palate authority and intensity plus this one reaches a little more into the realm of exotic fruit tones.  The main difference between the two is that Piere consists of a higher percentage of Italian clones, whereas the Vieris favors French clones, and the Vieris sees some time in French oak.  The vines are a little older here, and Vieris spends nine months on the lies.  Again, what a wine...surprising punch yet with an uncommon refinement.
Suckling went a little cheerleader on this one, “This is really exotic with peaches, mangoes and grapefruits as well as a steely undertone. Full body, plenty of fruit and a powerful finish. One of the great whites of Italy. Drink now... 96 Points!”
One of the great whites of Italy?  Indeed, they both are.  Considering they are legitimate best-of-breed, the prices actually don’t seem out of line.  You get what you pay for, and these are the works of a master...
Vie di Romans Sauvignon Blanc
Piere Friuli Isonzo 2015
 

 

93 Points! Plenty of sliced apple, grass and fennel seed character. Medium body, tangy acidity and a smoky, slate aftertaste. Always excellent. Drink now. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
ONLY $32.98

 

Vie di Romans Sauvignon Blanc
Vieris Friuli Isonzo 2015
 

 

96 Points! This is really exotic with peaches, mangoes and grapefruits as well as a steely undertone. Full body, plenty of fruit and a powerful finish. One of the great whites of Italy. Drink now. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
ONLY $36.98

 

 

 

 

 

 

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