2006 Buri, Merlot, Friuli Colli Orientali, Miani, Italy

2006 Buri, Merlot, Friuli Colli Orientali, Miani, Italy

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2006 Buri, Merlot, Friuli Colli Orientali, Miani, Italy

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The 2006 Merlots look to be equally superb. As is typically the case, the Buri is significantly more backward than the Filip, but both wines are full of promise. The summer was hot, particularly during July, but later on in the growing season bouts of rain lowered temperatures and allowed for a leisurely October harvest. The 2006 Merlot Buri shows extraordinary balance in a mineral-infused expression of ripe, dark fruit. The wine turns even more complex in the glass, as layers of sweet menthol, grilled herbs, spices and graphite emerge over time. In 2006 the Buri was made from eight tiny parcels in the town of Buttrio. As I look at my notes I am struck by this phrase; “great, great, great!” Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.
(Antonio Galliano - Wine Advocate - Sept-2009)
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Wine Advocate98/100
Wine Advocate98/100
The 2006 Merlot Buri is a massive strapping wine imbued with truffles, melted road tar, blackberries, herbs and minerals. An authoritative, muscular wine, the Buri appears to be headed straight for a period of prolonged dormancy, but when it awakens it will be majestic. All three bottles I have tasted so far have been nothing short of profound. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031.
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About this WINE

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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Colli Orientali del Friuli

Colli Orientali del Friuli

Along with Collio, Colli Orientali del Friuli is the finest DOC zone in Friuli-Venezia-Giulia. Situated in the Julian Alps on the border with Slovenia, much of its quality is down to its calcareous and sandstone landscape and 400m altitude. High planting densities, older vines, poor soils (especially compared to the flood plains below) and a challenging continental climate all assist in achieving lower yields and greater concentration in the wines.

Perhaps surprisingly, Sauvignon Blanc is the king of the whites here, producing fuller bodied but also taut and minerally examples. Indigenous varieties Ribolla Gialla and (Tocai) Friulano follow hot on its heels. The reds are led by the Refosco grape which achieves blackberry richness alongside a minerally poise. Next best is Pignolo, the region’s answer to Nebbiolo, while Merlot runs a close third.

Recommended producers: Canus, Davino Meroi and Miani

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Merlot

Merlot

The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux and a grape that has been on a relentless expansion drive throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils and is relatively simple to cultivate. It is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape that requires savage pruning - over-cropped Merlot-based wines are dilute and bland. It is also vital to pick at optimum ripeness as Merlot can quickly lose its varietal characteristics if harvested overripe.

In St.Emilion and Pomerol it withstands the moist clay rich soils far better than Cabernet grapes, and at it best produces opulently rich, plummy clarets with succulent fruitcake-like nuances. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of hedonistically rich Merlot wines at their very best. It also plays a key supporting role in filling out the middle palate of the Cabernet-dominated wines of the Médoc and Graves.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in California, Chile and Northern Italy.

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