Miani Buri Merlot 2013 (OWC 6)

"Crème de cassis, graphite, smoke, new leather, spice and blackberry jam are some of the many notes that develop in the 2013 Merlot Buri. Rich, dark, and creamy on the palate, the 2013 exudes depth. Even so, the young 2013 is far less tannic and concentrated than in the past. Tasted next to the Filip, the Buri is darker and quite bit bigger. Even so, there is more finesse in the 2013 than I have seen in the past, when the Buri has been much more tannic and overtly powerful." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media.

In Friuli Venezia Giulia, there are at least three different biotypes of Tocai Friulano: the more common yellow-berried grape, a much rarer green-berried version that gives wines with more intense aromatic power, and an even rarer red-stalked biotype whose potential has yet to be determined because no one owns enough vines to be able to make a monovariety wine. Depending on biotypes planted, as well as on the age of the vines, Tocai Friulano tends to give bright, light-to-medium-bodied wines with aromas and flavors of fresh citrus fruits, apple and almond. Delicate nuances of green fig, sage and rosemary are also common when the grapes are harvested earlier than usual, while notes of marzipan and honey appear when the fruit is allowed to become superripe. Another noteworthy fact about Tocai Friulano is that it is a cultivar characterized by thin skin, and therefore autumn rains, not uncommon in Friuli, always pose a threat to the year’s crop. It is also a reductive variety, and thus care has to be taken in the cellar to prevent off odors from developing.

HKD $11,700 HKD $12,000
Colli Orientali del Friuli
Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Vinous 97
750ml OWC 6
100% Merlot; mini order OWC 6