13 Nov 2012
Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting a true artisan of winemaking. Paolo Meroi and his son Damiano work tirelessly in their winery. Paolo is a man who is dedicated to creating excellence in the vineyard, cellar, and bottle. His vineyards span some 14 hectares in and around the town of Buttrio in the Colli Orientali district of Friuli in Northeastern Italy. The secret to his success are miniscule yields and organic production. He uses a unique oak regimen on both his whites and reds, often passing them 3 or more times through different woods and aged barrels.
His 2011 Pinot Grigio ($24.99) is truly the epitome of the heights this grape is capable of. This wine has ripe fruit and a delicate balance of mineral, acidity, and oak. There is a subtle complexity that cannot be understated – a quality normally lacking in so many Pinot Grigio.
Truly remarkable is the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc ($34.99) Straw yellow with greenish hue, an explosive bouquet and beautiful balance between the aroma of greens and white peach, rich and crisp with a great acid profile. It pairs with starters like fresh asparagus and light dishes.
The 2009 Ros di Buri (94 points WA-$48.99) was absolutely stunning in length, depth, and complexity. It was one of those “A-Ha!”moments that we as wine people live for. It has everything that describes the very essence of great Italian Merlot: “Sexy and supple, the 2009 impresses most for its length and fabulous overall balance. Graphite, licorice, white flowers, smoke, tar and new leather wrap around the finish. The intense, mineral-drenched finish is totally striking.” Antonio Galloni -Wine Advocate These wines are outstanding in every way and I hope you take the opportunity to try these works of art.
This is a terrific producer that makes tiny quantities of wine.
-Posted by Brian Holowka, Italian Specialist, Santa Ana
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