Vignai da Duline, Morus Alba, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy 2013
Founded in the late 1990’s, Vignai da Duline has consistently worked to make beautifully complex, thoughtful wines with tremendous depth of flavor. Located in the beautiful northern region of Friuli, Italy. they cultivate their vines with little trimming, training and no herbicides. Interspersed within their vineyards are native white mulberry trees for which this wine is named, Morus Alba. Morus Alba is made using a blend of the grapes Malvasia Istriana and Sauvignon Blanc which is then aged in a combination of stainless steel and oak barrel.
The age on this wine creates a rich straw color in the glass with a strong emphasis on the wines minerality. The nose jumps out of the glass with very ripe tropical fruits, spicy ginger, gardenia and wet river rock. This follows through on the palate which adds more baking spice elements and white tea. The acidity has softened making the palate very round and lingering. Notes of honey and river rock linger on the finish. This wine would pair excellent with hard goat cheeses, cured ham, saffron risotto and mushroom pastas.