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It does not happen often that I taste wines from any pioneer estate in Italy. So, when I heard that Jermann was coming to Montreal, I quickly jumped to the opportunity because they single handedly put Italian white wine on the map.

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The legacy of Jermann to the wine world is Vintage Tunina. This eclectic wine reflects the adventurous personality of its creator: Silvio Jermann. Vintage 1975 marks the debut of Tunina and quickly became a cult item.
Silvio wanted to make a blend that reflected the diversity of the Friulian territory yet with a modern outlook. In the past, the issue with Friulian whites was early oxidation, heaviness and high residual sugar. Jermann introduced revolutionary changes such as early picking and moderate oak aging that are represented in Vintage Tunina.
After all, the changes that Silvio introduced were only to preserve the biodiversity of the Friulian territory. Besides the special Ponca terroir, there are very special grapes such as Ribolla Gialla and Pignolo and of course Friuliano.

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It is without doubt that one of the benchmarks of the region are the wines of Jermann. There is only a handful of producers that I know that can craft wine as pure and elegant like this great Friulian producer Recently, I met Aloiz Felix Jermann for a comprehensive tasting of his family during his passage in Montreal. The invitation was a courtesy of his Quebec Importer Selections Frechette
Below my selection of my favorite wines

Tasting Notes:

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Pinot Grigio 2018 ( 6 pack case-$40.25, private import)

IGT Venezia Giulia, 100% Pinot Grigio
Very classic style with such an elegant nose. Aromas reminiscent of pear sorbet and flint with notes of blanched herbs as well complemented by a hint of honey and blossom water in the finale.

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Jermann Chardonnay 2018 ( 6 pack case-$43.75, private import)

IGT Venezia Giulia, 100% Chardonnay
Quite an aromatic nose. Church incense, with hints of lemon zest. On the palate, bright flavours with a creamy structure displaying a wonderful balance. Tight finale. Will need some aging in the cellars to open up.

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Vintage Tunina 2016. SAQ # 13475195, $99.75

IGT Venezia Giulia
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Malvasia, Ribolla Gialla and a local sweet grape variety
Very savoury with pleasant notes of hay, honey and a hint of green pepper. Rich and creamy with generous fruit in the mid palate adding an extra layer of pleasure. One of the greatest ever Italian whites.
Vintage Tunina 2012. ( 6 pack case-$114.50, private import)

IGT Venezia Giulia
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Malvasia, Ribolla Gialla and a local sweet grape variety
Green pepper character is very apparent with notes of passion fruit, guava and a hint of mocha as well Very elegant, with a prosperous life ahead in the cellar.

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Capo Martino 2012 ( 6 pack case-$139.25, private import)

IGT Venezia Giulia
Mostly friulano with hints of Ribolla Gialla, Malvasia Istriana and Picolit
Yellow prunes, bone white fruit, passion fruit. Elegant with a beautiful mineral expression. I love that bitter herb so characteristic of friulano. Still has that crispy finale despite being 7 years old.

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Where dreams have no end 2016 ( 6 pack case-$87.25, private import)

IGT Venezia Giulia
97 % Chardonnay, 3% Secret family grape recipe
Very spicy with a hint of fennel and chicory. Quite buttery and oaky as well. On the palate, creamy. The Friulian version of a great Burgundy
Where dreams have no end 2013 ( 6 pack case-$111.50, private import)

IGT Venezia Giulia
97% Chardonnay, 3% Secret family grape recipe
Toasty oak with nice buttery and ripe tropical fruit undertones. On the mouth, gentle and quite caressing.Long flowery finale.