Cantina Furlani, on the other hand, is a relative newcomer to the wine game. They are situated at nosebleed-inducing heights up in the Dolimites of Northeastern Italy. This is treacherous terrain for winemaking, yet many of Italy’s most spectacular whites call this region home. Cantina Furlani is known for its unique approach to winemaking and its steadfast committment to natural farming and minimal intervention. Their wines represent a clear window into the intricacies of their sub-alpine terroir. Wines like theirs simply could not be made elsewhere.
Furlani’s Bianco Alpino represents a blend of Nosiola, Müller Thurgau, and Pinot Bianco (better known as Pinot Blanc). Nosiola is a real gem of Alto Adige and is so named for its tendency toward a distincly hazelnut-infused aroma and flavor profile. Though the Furlanis are indeed farming well above 1,000 feet in some cases, the summer days here mean for a lot of sunshine and the vineyard sites in some cases are quite warm, allowing for the retention of some serious acidity balancing out rather ripe fruit. The 2017 iteration of this classic bianco bears a subtle hazelnut profile on the nose, moving to tart and thirst- quenching notes of honeydew melon, kiwi, and slighly underripe golden delicious apple on the palate. It is an absolute wonder with fresh, younger cheeses like Bergamino di Bufala.