2018 Borgo del Tiglio "Studio di Bianco" Collio

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The Standard Bearer for World-Class Italian Whites

I'm an ardent Italian wine lover and yet, the country's white wines still frustrate me. The quality revolution in Friuli introduced an exciting crop of producers who make world class wine, and yet my itch for terroir-driven whites remained unscratched. Gravner, Radikon, and Ronchi di Cialla were resurrectionists and reinventors, bringing amphora, skin contact whites, and field blends back into the equation, but these techniques place the wines so far afield from other top whites that they resist any fair comparison. On the other hand, Schiopetto's precise touch and Jermann's often liberal use of oak place their wines in an unapologetically modern camp. The wines shimmer, but they shimmer so similarly to my favorite French whites that I miss Italy's brash, unpolished edges.

Finally, in Borgo del Tiglio I've found white wine that reflects distinctive Italian terroir with even-handed winemaking that highlights native Friulano. Winemaker Nicola Manferrari's approach is similar across his vineyard holdings. Most wines are whole bunch pressed (unique among his colleagues, he trained in Champagne), barrel fermented with a small percentage of new oak ageing depending on the cuvee.

The Studio di Bianco is Manferrari's "super Friuli" blend. It's comprised of two co-ferments, each 50/50 blends of Friulano with Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling respectively. Both lots see a slightly higher portion of new oak and the Sauvignon barrels undergo full malo. It's a dizzyingly complex wine of the sort that only gets made in places like Friuli, rich in both talent and experimentation. -WP

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After checking out, you will receive a pickup confirmation email when the order has been pulled and packed. You can pickup your wine at our shop at 2301 Portsmouth Street in Upper Kirby, Houston. For more information, or if you need your wine more quickly, reach out to us at info@aocselections.com and we will do everything we can to accomodate.