Emiro Bortolusso founded his iconic winery some 50 years ago in the incredible Northern Italian appellation of Friuli. Beyond a doubt, the finest whites in Italy are created here. His estate is located in Friuli- Annia, named after the ancient Roman road constructed in 131 A.D. and remarkably is still in use today.
The 120 acre estate is now managed by Emiro's son, Sergio, and daughter, Clara. They have embraced their father's zeal for sustainability and organics and are turning out selections that have even surpassed the founder's expectations.
First and foremost, Fruili is known for Pinot Grigio, unquestionably the finest in Italy. However, those of us who've been around also consider it one of the greatest areas for Sauvignon Blanc in the world. We have been thunderstruck by these wines that could rival the finest from Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume and even Bordeaux. Some would say this talk is heresy, but we'd like to know what they think when they taste this. The Italians think so much of the Sauvignon Blanc made here that they even have a consorzio dedicated just to this grape. It's quite a testament to wines like Bortolusso and we heartily agree.
You are immediately struck by the intensity of the nose. Freshly picked white peach is matched with the enthralling taste of the granite and limestone inherent in the soil. Those thrills are expanded upon with citrus and grapefruit notes that seem to go on endlessly. This wine would grace all comers from cracked crab to lobster thermidor and beyond.