Wine of the week.
Our wine of the week for January 6th is the 2018 Cormòns Chardonnay from Cantina Produttori in Friuli Isonzo, Italy. Cormòns is a commune in Friuli Isonzo located in Northeast Italy and bordering Slovenia. This is an area of the world that gets much cooler than places like Napa and Sonoma and has the added benefit of the Isonzo river running through it. The cool waters of the Isonzo plus the gravel and calcareous soils (chalky soil that is usually found around lakes and rivers with high Ph and low acidity) create great balance and minerality in the wine. We love this wine because it has the elements of a cool climate Chardonnay and the roundness and power of an oak aged Chardonnay that you might find in Northern California. If you’re a big fan of Chardonnay and love trying new wines, you have to grab a bottle of Cormòns.
Notes from the region:
Friuli Isonzo DOC-
The Isonzo DOC area takes its name from the clear waters of the Italian river Isonzo, whose source lies in the Julian Alps. It runs fast through clefts and ravines and finally slows its pace in Gorizia, fertilizing the rich Isonzo plain to the sea of Grado. Along the banks of this river, which was called “Frigidus” (cold) by the Romans, the tradition of wine growing has left traces that are thousands of years old. This piece of land, where also the Judrio, Torre and Versa rivers run, is home to wonderful white wines as well as excellent red wines. The terrain of the Friuli Isonzo DOC area is incredibly diverse: the countryside around Cormòns and Gradisca in the north is mainly made of calcareous soil, rich in mineral compounds and hence ideal for wine growing; another strip of this terrain is characterised by floodplains and soils at the foot of the hills and is home to wonderful white wines and the beautiful town of Cormòns. The gravelly terrain of “Grave dell’Isonzo” is ideal for white and red wines alike. Depending on the specific areas, the average temperature over the last 10 years ranged from 13.1 to 13.6° (17.8° from April to October), with 1167.5 mm rainfall in 136 days and an amount of solar radiation of 97.790 kilocalories per square centimetre, for a total of 1864 hours of sunshine.
Notes from Cantina Produttori:
More than 120 families of vintners aged 24 to 86 driven by pure passion and knowledge to produce wine that express the authentic character and the local traditions of Friuli Venezia Giulia.
We are Cormòns. Guardians of Harmony.
We invite you in Friuli Venezia Giulia to discover the Cantina Produttori Cormòns, born at the end of the 60s thanks to the far-sightedness of some local wine growers and their love of centuries-old traditions. The passionate presidents Ezio Dalla Pozza, Aldo Moretti, Adriano Drius and Stefano Gregorat have always asserted that the future of wine production is not bound to transient trends but to the firm enhancement of their own land. Thus, they established the Cantina, which is unique across the world for its first-grade wines and its many initiatives.
Rae’s Place Tasting Notes:
Cantina Produttori “Cormons” Chardonnay 2018 Fruili, Italy
The 2017 Cormons Chardonnay is intense and full bodied. The minerality in the wine is outstanding and works to balance the stone fruit and honey notes in the mid palate. There is good structure to this wine and the finish lasts for quite a while. If you’re a serious Chardonnay drinker, this would be a great opportunity to try it from a unique part of the world.
Pair with shellfish, grilled seabass and poultry dishes. Will also go well with sweet pea risotto finished with a little meyer lemon.