I’ll be pouring Lis Neris’ Picol Sauvignon Blanc 2006 tomorrow March 6, 2009 at the Tre Bicchieri event. I met Alvaro Pecorari, the owner and winemaker two years ago at Vinitaly. His wines are truly exceptional and this Sauvignon is as well. Made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes that ferment for 10 months on their lees in 500 lit. French oak barrels, the wine has a beautiful bouquet of citrus noted and minerality with a hint of eucalyptus. The wine is very well balanced with just the right amount of acidity. It pairs wonderfully with primi piatti, seafood and fish.
This is a photo of Alvaro and his daughter Federica. According to Alvaro, 2006 was a perfect year for the white wines of Friuli. “The wines have a lot of fruit and structure without losing their drinkability thanks to a perfect summer climate for the vines.” Alvaro noted that perhaps this has been his best year to date for Sauvignon. The grapes come from three vineyards Picol, Jurosa and Gris and the vines are between 10-25 years old, trellised using the guyot method. Alvaro’s winery is located in San Lorenzo, very near the border with Slovenia. The soil is a gravelly tableland and Alvaro, a very meticulous winemaker has the grapes picked by hand. He keeps the yields relatively low as well with 50 hl/ha. Come find me at the tasting and try some of this great Sauvignon. If you can’t make it tomorrow, Dancing Bear Cellars, is the importer and you can call them and find out where it is sold. A domani.