When it comes to white wine, Italy does not disappoint. Friuli, in the northeast of Italy is considered one of the best regions in all of Italy for white wine, and this 2009 Zuani Vigne, Collio Bianco blend is no exception, combining lots of fruity drinkability with wonderful mineral complexity.
Attractive and limpid in color, the nose on this wine really entices and intrigues with pronounced oyster-shell minerality interwoven with a medley of citrus and orchard fruit aromas. It is fabulously juicy and fruity, with a firm backbone of racy acidity, well-defined fruit and a taut minerally palate. Very focused, tightly knit with flavors that linger and persist across the palate to a long, minerally finish. Beautiful now, but it has the fruit and structure to age 5+ years.
At the Table
Zuani Vigne is a very versatile wine at the table. While it is fruity enough to enjoy on its own as an apéritif, it really comes into its own with food. It is a natural partner for simply prepared white fish and seafood. Last weekend we enjoyed it with fresh wild branzino cooked on the grill and served with charred zucchini.
About Zuani, Zuani Vigne, and Collio DOC
Zuani was founded by Patrizia Felluga and her children, Caterina and Antonio, in 2001. It was a dream fulfilled for Patrizia, who wanted to make a 'territory' wine that expressed the vineyard "terroir" rather than the varietal composition. She found that in the Zuani vineyard in Collio, a beautiful, hilly designated DOC wine zone in Italy's northeast, which is considered not just one of the best sources of white wine in Friuli, but in all of Italy. The Zuani vineyard was already planted with a mix of Friulano (a local grape variety), Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Zuani Vigne Collio Bianco is a blend of these same four varieties, pretty much in the proportions planted in the original vineyard. It is vinified in stainless steel.
2009 Zuani Vigne, DOC Collio, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Italy: Retail price, $22
Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW (Master of Wine), is a New York based wine educator, freelance writer and consultant.