Susan & I tried these three over the weekend:
1. ArbeGarbe RRR/SonomaCnty WW (14%; 55% Catie’sCorner Vineyard Malvasia Bianca/Russian River Valley;
30% Tanya’s Vineyard Ribolla Gialla/Russian River Valley;
15% Pagani Ranch old vine Tocai Friulano/Sonoma Valley) St.Helena/Napa 2017
: bit hazy color; strong fragrant/floral/gardenias very spicy/perfumed/Malvasia light mineral/chalky/earthy bit honeyed/graham crackers rather complex lovely nose; quite tart/tangy/bit metallic totally dry some floral/Malvasia/gardenias some chalky/perfumed talc/mineral rather complex flavor; very long/lingering rather floral/malvasia/gardenias some perfumed talc/chalky/mineral rather complex finish; a really beautiful fragrant white that's a dead ringer for a Friuli Malvasia d'Istriani with its minerality; terrific white
2. Cutizzi Feudi di SanGregorio DOCG: Greco di Tufo (13%; TerlatoWines) Sorbo Serpico 2021: Med.light gold color; very strong floral/carnations/gardenias some spicy/perfumed talcslight chalky really lovely nose; fairly tart/tangy rather rich very strong floral/carnations/gardenias/quite spicy fairly perfumed talc bit chalky/mineral some complex flavor; very long/lingering fairly tart/rich/lush very bright/floral/carnations/Greco perfumed talc/spicy light mineral/chalky bit complex finish;doesn't show the austere/stony character of most Italian GdT; unusually floral & the best GdT I recall having; an absolutely lovely wine.
$33.00 (KK)
3. Kante Ternano IGT: Venezia Giulia (12%; KermitLynch/Berkeley) Kante/Duino Aurisina 2015: Quite dark/near black color; beautiful very strong blackberry/boysenberry/very black pepper/very spicy slight earthy/licorice nsome c-c/peppery quite complex nose; quite tart/tangy very rich very c-c/black peppery intense blackberry/boysenberry/licorice very spicy/very peppery structured light earthy/dusty/OV fairly complex flavor w/ some tangy/chewey tannins; very long/lingering very spicy/black peppery/licorice/blackberry/boysenberry bit dusty/earthy/OV quite structured finish w/ ample chewey tannins; a beautiful structured very spicy/peppery red at a very fair price.
$29.50 (KK)
More vagraspurt from TheBloodyPulpit:
1. Arbe Garbe: This is the wnry of the two Friulians, Letizia and Enrico Bertoz. He is the winemaker at Flora Springs for his day job. They specialize in Friuli-style wines. This wine is their basic white blend. On it's release, it was dominated by the strong rather simple Malvasia Bianca character. With btl age, it has evolved into a wine showing lots of minerality that resembles a Malvasia d'Istriani. It would not have to bow its head in shame if taken to Friuli. Wonderful wine.
2. Teran or Terrano is a member of the Refosco family and grown mostly on the Carso/Karst plateau of Friuli and Slovenia & some in Croatia in the Western part of the Istrian Peninsula.
Supposedly, the content of bivalent iron (huh??) starts to drop radically about two yrs after fermentation & the wine turns flat & bitter & doesn't age well. I didn't see any signs of that in this older Terrano...but I may not be very sensitive to bivalent iron.
Left out overnight, the wine lost much of its perfume & became really hard & rough & rustic. Danged bivalent iron atoms!!

Edited by TomHill (01-15-2023 15:58:13)