2016 BorgoSanDaniele, Arbis Blanc
Aromas of flowers and herbs are to be expected in the white wines of Friuli -- Arbis Blanc is no exception. Hand-mowed natural grasses (arbis) that grow between the rows of the vine- yard give the wine its name, conserve soil and temper the vigor of the vines.
Native grapes -- Friulano and Pinot Bianco -- keep the blend grounded while Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay fermented in oak add a touch of international elegance.
To us, Arbis Blanc is the Marlene Dietrich of the BorgoSan Daniele wines. Bold but sultry, complex but consistently offer- ing a balanced and long-remembered performance.
This wine opens with fruit, followed by complex aromas of wild flowers and herbs with a kiss of acacia honey on the finish. It is rich and concentrated -- a next sip is nearly irresistible. This feminine, soft wine is buttery and finishes with a hint of hallmark Friuli minerals.