Miani, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia

Miani, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia

Enzo Pontoni is arguably Italy's finest white winemaker, responsible for the uncompromisingly taut, minerally precise wines of Miani.

Drawing on the famous 'ponca'/marl & limestone soils of the Colli Orientali del Friuli, a continental viticultural DOC sandwiched between Udine & the Slovenian border, north of Trieste, Enzo has tended 10 hillside hectares of high-density (6-7,000 plants/ha) organic vineyards near the village of Buttrio since 1985, producing a range of quivering whites & statuesque reds.

Yields are critically low at approx 20 hectolitres/hectare while vinification typically consists of barrel fermentation in 40% new french oak, no malolactic fermentation (for the whites, except for the Chardonnay) or temperature control. He also produces two reds: a rich but suave Merlot from fifteen separate parcels and the flagship of the estate, 'Calvari', made from 100% Refosco, densely packed with crunchy blackberry fruit & aged in 100% new oak. Recently he has begun consulting at the Az. Agr. Davino Meroi estate, also based in Buttrio.

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2013 Buri, Merlot, Friuli Colli Orientali, Miani, Italy
Red
2013
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Dry
16.0% Alcohol
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2010 Chardonnay DOC, Baracca, Colli Orientali del Friuli, Miani
White
2010
Ready, but will keep
Full Bodied
Dry
14.0% Alcohol
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