January 15, 2008 - Jack

Friuli-Venezia Giulia Tasting
August 11, 2007
at The Jug Shop in San Francisco, CA

This tasting was hosted by The Jug Shop's Floribeth Schumacher, who seems to know more about Friuli-Venezia Giulia wines and has visited more of these producers, than practically anyone. She conveyed that the 2006 is a "Miracle Vintage", and almost so in Alto Adige. Note: This was a consumer tasting ($20?), rather than a trade tasting. The wines are listed in the order poured. Yes, it did make sense to taste the reds first.

Wine Jack's Note
No. of
Bottles Desired
2005 Luisa Refosco   
2-3
2005 Jermann Red Angel (Pinot Nero)   
3-4+
2001 Jermann Pignacolusse (Pignolo)   
2-4?
2003 Moschini Schioppettino Very interesting. Complex, but above average alcohol level.  
3-5?
2006 Dorigo Pinot Grigio  Has potential to improve. Best acids of the day.
2-3+
2006 Venica & Venica Pinot Grigio   
2-3
2005 Jermann Pinot Grigio   
2-3
2006 Venica & Venica Tocai   
3?
2005 Villa Russiz Malvasia Istriana A bit closed.
2+
2003 Bressan Verduzzo Fun! Complex but finish is a bit short.
3+
2005 Jermann Vinnae (Ribolla)   
2-3+?
2005 Villa Russiz Sauvignon de la Tour Buy the 2006 vintage.
3?
2004 Jermann Afix (Riesling) Decent acids.
2-3
2004 Jermann Vintage Tunina (Chard/P.Blanc/S.Blanc) Very balanced with good acids.
3-4
2002 Villa Russiz Grafin de la tour (Chardonnay) Appealing chardonnay. Medium amount of oak.
3
2005 Jermann Dreams (Chardonnay) Neutral oak. Very balanced and quaffable.
3+
2003 Jermann Capo Martino (Ribolla, Tocai, Picolit, Malvasia) Too young, but fun.
3-5?
2004 Vodopivec Vitovska Very interesting and different. A must have/must try kind of wine. Will strongly appeal to those who like Gravner's wines.
4-5
2001 Gravner Ribolla Anfora Finally, this wine is coming around. This is the third time I've had it and it was very closed the other two times.
4-6?



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