CHEF & SOMM PERFECT PAIRING
3oz Blau & Blau 2010 IGT, Jermann, Friuli [franconia, pinot nero]
perfectly paired with
Pan Roasted Quail, Charred Escarole, Fingerling Potatoes & Guanciale
Blau & Blau 2010 IGT, Jermann, Friuli [franconia, pinot nero]
BOTTLE VALUED AT $120!
3oz $8 – 5oz $14 – ¼ Litre $26 – Bottle $70
One of the two Blaus in the name comes from Blauburgunder, which is German for Pinot Noir or Nero. The north of Italy is a genetic mix of Italian, Swiss German and the remnants of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, so lots of German is still spoken, especially in the Alto Adige region.
However, that still does not explain the second Blau, standing for Blaufrankisch, historically known in Italy as Franconia.
Legend has it that the Jermann family brought it with them from their native Austria before arriving in Italy in 1881. The Jermanns are not only considered one of the finest winegrowing estates in all of Italy, but have emerged as keepers of the agricultural flame as well, almost the anti-Monsanto ideal. On their 150-hectare estate, 20 are exclusively set aside for the propagation of seeds and specialized agricultural products, mostly grains.
The Blau & Blau is 90% Blaufrankisch and 10% Pinot Nero. It has amazing, almost chewy earthy dark berry aromas with toasty wood and spice notes. The palate is foursquare and chewy with an interesting herbal seam to it that really goes nicely with food.