- Specogna Pinot Grigio Ramato Friuli Colli Orientali 2017$22.98Availability:In StockNot all Pinot Grigios are created equal, and some of them are even pink. As many of you know, Pinot Grigio grapes actually have a pinkish tint. Through a process called ramato, the Pinot Grigio grapes spend some extra time in contact with the skins which changes the phenolic feel of the wine in the mouth, adds a little punch to the mid palate and, depending on the length of the contact, imparts a pinkish hue to the wine itself. There aren’t a lot of folks that do it this way and it takes a certain level of talent to pull it off. But done right, it is a delicious, distinctive take on the varietal that most folks haven’t tried. Definitely for adults, the Specogna Pinot Grigio Ramato Friuli Colli Orientali 2017 ($22.99) is a marvelous example of this style. Who knew Pinot Grigio could be this interesting?Learn More
- Gravner Rosso Rujno Venezia Giulia 2003$179.98Availability:In StockA selection of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon produced only in the finest vintages in very limited quantity (1700 bottles); a five week cuvaison in open oak vats and, as always, only wild yeasts and no temperature control; aged in oak barrels for seven years and then aged in bottle for an additional seven years before release; never fined or filtered.Learn MoreHURRY, ONLY 6 LEFT!
- Gravner Rosso Breg Venezia Giulia 2005VM95$139.98Availability:In Stock95 Points! Vivid full ruby-purple. Blackberry, violet and aromatic herbs on the nose, along with some flinty minerality and a hint of blueberry pie. Enters bright and juicy, then turns surprisingly plush and sweet in the mouth, with an enticingly wild quality to the concentrated blue and red berry flavors. Boasts terrific density of fruit and silky texture, not to mention harmonious acidity. Finishes suavely tannic and extremely long with noteworthy clarity and cut. An absolutely knockout Pignolo: very well done. Fermented in amphoras with indigenous yeasts and no temperature control. The wine spent five months in buried amphoras, then five years in large oak barrels.
- Gravner Ribolla Gialla Venezia Giulia 2009WA94+VM93$79.98Availability:In Stock93 Points! Deep orangy-yellow color. Pure, highly complex aromas of lemon, winter melon, apricot jelly, crushed stone, minerals and iris. Then juicy, tight and sharply delineated, with very fresh, dry, mineral-driven flavors of lemon, orchard fruit and mint. With aeration, this revealed its underlying richness even more and without losing any of its grip or precision. Fermented in amphoras with indigenous yeasts and no temperature control, it spent five months in buried amphoras, then six years in large oak barrels. An outstanding orange wine: Gravner should consider opening a school to teach many of his colleagues all over the world how to correctly make such wines.
- Gravner Bianco Breg Venezia Giulia 2009WA93$79.98Availability:In Stock93 Points! Sampled at the Gravner tasting room from specially made stemless balloon glasses, the 2009 Bianco Breg pours to a fully orange color with brilliant highlights of gold and brightly polished copper. The bouquet here is round and supple, with a softness and subsequent richness that comes from the lacy, velvety nature of the macerated grape skins. You get honey, canned peach, maple syrup and almost sweet honeysuckle-like sensations. There is tannic structure here, but nearly a decade of bottle aging has ironed out any noticeable edges. Josko Gravner suggests drinking this wine at about 57 degrees to 64 degrees Fahrenheit. His daughter pegs the perfect temp at 53 degrees to 60 degrees. Get your thermometers out. - Monica Larner, robertparker.com Learn More
- Gravner Pinot Grigio Riserva Venezia Giulia 2006WA95$139.98Availability:In Stock95 Points! The 2006 Pinot Grigio Anfora is one of the most unique wines I have ever tasted from Friuli. As the name implies, this is a Pinot Grigio fermented and macerated on the skins in terra cotta amphorae and aged in cask, in the same manner Gravner uses for all of his other wines. Deceptively medium in body, the wine dazzles with gorgeous inner perfume, surprising density on the palate and stunning overall balance. At times delicate and ethereal, while at others astonishingly powerful, Gravner’s 2006 Pinot Grigio is in a class of its own. Sweet, Pinot-like red fruits linger on the haunting finish. The maceration on the skins brings out Pinot Grigio’s naturally red skin tonality. The wine should be enjoyed at cellar temperature or slightly warmer, but not chilled. It is a totally unique, quirky but superb wine from Josko Gravner. - Antonio GalloniLearn More