When 4th generation wine grower Alvaro Pecorari assumed management of the family’s San Lorenzo Isontino estate in 1982, he put the focus on quality. Today Lis Neris is widely regarded as one of Friuli’s outstanding wineries and one of the very best in the Friuli Isonzo appellation. The Isonzo Valley, where the commune of San Lorenzo Isontino is located, was formed by glacial melt water and the Isonzo River, which produced its alluvial calcareous gravel and clay soils. The top cuvées are fermented and aged in a combination of stainless steel and French oak. Most of the wines tasted here came from the very good 2013 and outstanding 2015 vintages. www.lisneris.it
This is one of several articles and reports on the wines of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. An in-depth report on the wines of Collio will be published shortly. The following articles are now available on our blog at www.iwinereview.com/blog:
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Lis Neris 2013 Lis Riserva Venezia Giulia IGT ($43) 93 This oak-fermented flagship wine shows why the Friuli region is often acclaimed as Italy’s best white wine region. A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc, Lis is wildly fresh with layers of orchard and stone fruit flavors, but it’s also well structured with a firm mouth feel and lingering minerality on the finish. Fermented in 500L French oak barrels and matured 11 months on the fine lees for 11 months.
Lis Neris 2013 Confini Riserva Venezia Giulia IGT ($43) 93 The Confini reveals vibrant, complex chamomile and jasmine aromatics and open, generous flavors of tropical fruit on a generous, silky palate. Mango, passion fruit, and a hint of ginger root are underpinned by good balancing acidity. A blend of Gewürztraminer, Pinot Grigio and Riesling fermented and aged in 500L French oak barrels.
Lis Neris 2014 Jurosa Chardonnay Friuli Isonzo ($28) 92 Infused with stone-like minerality from the first whiff to the last, lingering flavor on the finish. Attractive, dense Chardonnay fruit shows in this wine along with well integrated honeyed oak, but the overall sensation is of a very dry, chalky texture and intense, lingering lemon citrus and tropical fruit notes. Sourced from vineyards in the San Lorenzo area with calcareous, alluvial gravel soils. Fermented and aged in 5hl oak barrels.
Lis Neris 2015 Picol Sauvignon Blanc Friuli Isonzo ($28) 91 An assertively styled but nicely balanced Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, passion fruit, sage and green bean aromas and flavors. Shows excellent concentration with attractive, bright acidity and finishes long and rich. Fermented in stainless steel and partly matured in 500L French oak for 11 months.
Lis Neris 2015 Gris Pinot Grigio Friuli Isonzo ($28) 91 An introduction of mineral-infused white and yellow stone fruit gives way to a firmly structured and beautifully balanced feel in the mouth. It’s rich but more subtle than the 2012, which we also tasted. Fermentation begins in stainless steel but finishes in 500L French oak where it ages for another 11 months.
Lis Neris 2012 Gris Pinot Grigio Friuli Isonzo 92 Gold-flecked yellow straw. Rich, ripe and fresh stone fruit with honeysuckle accents introduces this voluptuous Pinot Grigio. The palate is full, creamy and lush with layers of tropical and stone fruit flavors. It also has bright, balancing acidity and firm mineral notes on the finish.
Lis Neris 2009 Tal Luc Riserva San Lorenzo Isontino ($88) 94 Gold-amber. Crème brûlée, orange blossom honey and dulce de leche show on the nose of the exquisite Tal Lùc passing. As stronger fruit component appears on the palate in the form of ripe mango, dried apricot and orange zest. Ripe, generous and multi-dimensional, this is one of Frilul’s most outstanding sweet wines. Made from very low yielding (10 hl/ha) Verduzzo vines; the grapes are air dried for 120+ days and then fermented in new 225L French barriques. 250 g/l RS. About 5% Riesling is in