2017 Vie di Romans Sauvignon Blanc
You’ve read this epistle before – basically, we here at Waterford just can’t get enough of Vie di Romans wine. Especially when they are sent to use at half price. So the story of the legendary man is the same as our last email about Gianfranco Gallo, its just now we have the amazing Sauvignon Blanc on special. So if your like us and have now drunk lots of Vie di Romans, just scroll down and purchase away. If your new to Italian whites, go ahead and read the story and then enjoy this gorgeous wine.
Now, what we wrote prior:
One day Gianfranco Gallo was accosted by well-dressed men carrying bulging briefcases. They pulled out a wad of papers, spoke only in English, and were obviously ready for a fight (if only litigious, not physical).
Gianfranco’s family had owned vineyards in Friuli, Italy, since the 19th century. But it was only when he returned to the estate in 1978 that high-quality wine production began. Gianfranco had the drive, energy, and foresight to synthesize his region’s Pleistocene epoch terroir with modern winemaking techniques. Since his very first vintages, Gianfranco’s wines achieved cult status in Italy, making them nearly impossible to find here in America.
So it was a bit of a shock to Gianfranco when he finally got those papers translated. Turns out that two American brothers, also named Gallo, were one of the largest wineries in the world. As of this writing, one in every three bottles of wine consumed in America is a Gallo product. And they felt threatened enough by Gianfranco’s tiny estate that they were going to sue him and put him out of business.
Having tasted just a bit of American hospitality, Gianfranco quickly decided on two things. First, his winery would now be named “Vie di Romans,” honoring the ancient terroir by citing those who had first discovered it. The ancient road from Rome to the eastern Roman Empire, the Vie di Romans, passes through a very special place – the Friuli Isonzo. Second, he would put a white chicken (Gallo) on his winery’s label, forever teasing his eponymous (but no relation) Americans.
No matter Gianfranco’s naming unpleasantries—because the Friuli Isonzo is one of the most glorious places to make white wine in the world. Here, in the hills northeast of Venice, the Romans started production of Italy’s (and arguably, the world’s) first great white wines. The Romans knew that Friuli’s shallow, gravelly pebble soils; the coastal climatic influence of the Adriatic; and the hillside slopes were ideal conditions for grape-growing. And this shows in Gianfranco’s Sauvignon Blanc Piere:
Aromas of pear, quince, lime, touches of gooseberry, hints of orange blossom and lemon zest are all present on the nose, revealing a delightful complexity of purely gorgeous fruit. But as stunningly gorgeous as the nose is, the palate is simply a knockout – a densely woven texture of liquid minerality, freshness of delicately etched acidity, and a rich and powerful finish. Friulian white wines are famous for their depth of power, and that may be hard to translate for the uninitiated.
Gianfranco believes his Sauvignon drinks best starting now and going until 2035. And I agree – I still have some of his 2012 vintage in the cellar. So you have two choices. Wait, and you will create a treasure in your cellar in a very short time. Or plow right on in – just be sure to decant the wine at least two hours in advance.
World wide, Gianfranco’s wines are prized. And the reason is all in the bottle.
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