PREMATURE easily describes the 2018 vintage in Friuli. While you could also add Fertile and Productive to the mix, it’s the early onset of seasonal change that, for us, begs the deepest reflection.
Regularly we find ourselves literally struck by the ‘unknown’. Always when least expected. It barrels up, clips your ear, knocks you in an earth-bound spin. Yet, within an inch of impact…that very same ‘unknown’ grabs hold, cradling your bliss-filled fall.
In a quest to prove our ‘loosely based’ comparative theory, we moved our pawns gingerly toward to the sovereign RED fortress of BAROLO in Piemonte, north west Italy.
Reflecting upon our latest natural wine experience, let’s be brief. VINNATUR 2018 proved to be a much needed tonic. An injection of growth vibes with a refreshingly real feel. Natural. Palpable. Tangible. Grounded.
DRIVEN people display a natural, energetic, unspoken aptitude, which makes their vision immediately accessible. That thought sprang to mind the day we caught up with the genial Luca Belluzzo, oenologist at the Graziano Belluzzo family winery in Tarcento.