Gianfranco Gallo crafts some of Friuli’s most impressive white wines at his 53 hectare estate in the commune of Mariano del Friuli in the Isonzo Valley, just south of the Collio DOCG. His vineyards are located in the best part of the valley, in the northeast near Cormons. They have well-drained stony, calcium-rich clay soils created by glacial erosion and sit at about 31 meters above sea level.
Gianfranco Gallo took over the management of this family estate (then called Stella Gallo) in 1978 at the age of 19. He went on to introduce the viticultural and winemaking reforms that are responsible for the excellent quality of today’s Vie di Romans wines. The viticultural reforms included high density planting (6 thousand vines/ha), intensive canopy management, and constraining yields (under 1 kilo/vine).
He began producing single vineyard wines in 1990 and in 1992 began a policy of releasing white wines no sooner than two years after the harvest, a practice that other quality oriented producers in the Friuli are only now introducing.
The winemakers are Gianfranco Gallo and Alberto Pelos. Annual production is about 260 thousand bottles. www.viederomans.it Importer: VIAS
Vie de Romans 2015 Chardonnay Friuli Isonzo ($44) 94 Showing citrus-inflected fruit on the nose, this is a Chardonnay of stunning purity, deep flavors, and exhilarating lemony acidity with a sleek palate feel and fine minerality that runs from beginning to end. Fruit comes from an 8.6 ha vineyard parcel. The wine spends 8 months on the lees in 20% new French oak.
Vie de Romans 2015 Dessimis Pinot Grigio Ramato Friuli Isonzo ($40) 92 Light copper color. Showing touches of dried hay and tangerine citrus on the nose, this is an exceptional Pinot Grigio, mouthfilling with savory flavors of herbs, citrus rind, and lingering hints of earth, dried orange and spice. Macerated on the skins for about 20 hours, fermented at a controlled temperature for 35 days, and aged sur lie in steel for 7 months. The fruit comes from the 7.5 ha Dessimis vineyard in Mariano del Friuli.
Vie de Romans 2014 Dolée Friulano Friuli Isonzo ($40) 92 Medium straw yellow. This single vineyard (Dolée in Mariano del Friuli) Friulano offers a summer fruit salad of peaches and yellow melon with almond cake shows on the nose. The mouthfeel is smooth, rich and thick with ripe flavors that mirror the nose. It has excellent balance and length.
Vie de Romans 2015 Piere Sauvignon Blanc Friuli Isonzo ($41) 92 Showing aromas of exotic passion fruit with green pepper and quince notes, this is a vibrant, densely packed Sauvignon showing juicy ripe citrus with hints of mint and nettles on the palate, finishing a tad hard edged but with a lingering finish. The Piere vineyard is 10.8 ha planted at a density of 6 thousand vines/ha.