About Vie Di Romans 2018 Chardonnay, Ciampagnis, Friuli Isonzo DOC
Vie di Romans means “Road of the Romans” in the Friulano dialect and refers to the Roman road that connected the cities of Acquilea and Cividale which once passed through this vineyard. The 141 acres of vineyards are located in a niche micro-climate that benefits from soil rich in alluvial fans and minerals that have been carried there by glaciers over the millennia, as well as, the Bora winds from the east that result in large, daily temperature fluctuations that all the grapes to ripen slowly and take on nuance and complexity.
100% Chardonnay sourced from the single Ciampagnis Vieris vineyard. It first undergoes a cold maceration before fermentation in stainless steel tanks takes over 14-16 days. The wine then ages on the lees for 9 months.
The Wine Advocate scored this 94 points saying "The Vie di Romans 2018 Friuli Isonzo Chardonnay Ciampagnis is beautifully contoured with aromas of peach, melon, honey and passion fruit. The bouquet is perfumed and bright, driving a long finish and silky consistency. Like most of the other whites in this portfolio, it ages on the lees (for nine months, in this case). Instead of oak, it completes this process in stainless steel for an anaerobic environment that serves to capture those direct and linear aromas. The wine concludes with a hint of dusty mineral or crushed stone that ties it to one of the most prominent characteristics of Friuli Venezia Giulia."