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Simon di Brazzan, MalvasiaFriuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy 2019 (750mL)

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Simon di Brazzan, Malvasia Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy 2019 (750mL)

“Friuli-Venezia Giulia is widely (and rightly) celebrated for its white wines, yet one of the greatest Friulian whites of all—dry Malvasia—remains overlooked. Much like Chenin Blanc, this is a variety with a rabid cult following among those in the know.”

Friuli-Venezia Giulia is unequivocally the white wine capital of Italy especially when it comes to old-vine Friulano and Malvasia. Both produce world-class white wines, and when we think about all-time great whites from Friuli, there’s a long list of magnificent Malvasias: Edi Kante. Doro Princic. Dario Raccaro. Venica. Now add Daniele Drius of Simon di Brazzan to the list. 

Half of the fruit for this 2019 is from an 80-year-old Malvasia Istriana plot planted by Daniele’s grandfather, with the balance coming from a younger parcel. The wine is a bright yellow-gold in the glass with slightly rosy highlights, with aromas of yellow peach, dried orange peel, a hint of mango, white and pink flowers, dried herbs, and wet stones. It has a pleasing viscosity on the palate but also bracing acidity and a hint of sea salt on the finish (this isn’t grown close enough to the Adriatic to suggest an actual “sea spray” influence, but it sure reads that way). We could see it aging nicely over the next few years, and if you’re serving it now, give it about 15 minutes in a decanter to unlock its full range of aromatics and flavors.

  • CountryItaly
  • RegionFriuli-Venezia Giulia
  • Sub-RegionCollio / Isonzo del Friuli
  • SoilGravel, Marl, & Sand
  • FarmingOrganic & Biodynamic
  • BlendMalvasia
  • Alcohol13.5%
  • OakLarge Neutral Barrels
  • Temp.Serve at 45-50° F
  • GlasswareAll-Purpose Stem
  • DrinkingNow-2024
  • Decanting15 Minutes
  • PairingLidia Bastianich's Shrimp alla Buzara

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