This pure varietal not only expresses the noble grape to the full; in typically Jermann style, its character, flavors and aromas appear to shine through in focused intensity. Silvio’s magic combines with that of Friulian soil to elicit every Chardonnay nuance in well balanced elegance. First vintage released: 1980 Alcohol content: 12.5% by vol. Acidity: 6.20 ÷ 6.80‰ Expected cellar life: 2-3 years
Pure Pinot Gris, a grape particularly at home in northeastern Italy. In typically Jermann style, its character, flavors and aromas appear to shine through in focused intensity. Silvio’s magic combines with that of Friulian soil to elicit every Pinot Grigio nuance in well balanced elegance. First released in 1974.
Barrique-fermented Chardonnay, aged in barrique approximately 11 months. Cellar life of 8-10 years. IN-DEPTH INFO: The name and the story of this wine are rather curious: it was first dedicated to… a rock album, U2’s The Joshua Tree (1987) and one song in particular, called “Where the Streets Have No Name” – hence the original label, “Where the Dreams have no end…”. The first vintage, needless to say, was 1987. Since then, the name of the wine saw a few variations. The initial phase lasted nine years: each year, the capsule changed color, alternating the nine colors on the label. It started with white, then went counterclockwise through the seven colors of the rainbow, ending with black. Also depicted on the label are the four principal lunar phases. In 1996, the name became “Were Dreams, now it is just wine!” and capsule color was blue, with a stylized drawing of the Hale-Bopp comet. Color and name were maintained for seven years. Finally, 2003 to the present sees a partial return to the source, and the name is “W…. Dreams ………”, with the addition of harvest year below the label design, and a drawing of Mars on the capsule. The dots may be interpreted however one likes, although Silvio Jermann personally believes they stand for “Where Dreams can happen”. Soil type: Marly/arenaceous Varieties: 90% Chardonnay Training: Guyot, with up to 7,900 vines per hectare (3,200 per acre) Alcohol by vol.: 13.5% Acidity: 5.50‰ Expected cellar life: 8 to 10 years Élevage: 11 months in small barrels of French oak, 300 liters in capacity Tasting notes: “Resplendent straw yellow in color. Fascinating and complex on the nose, with aromas of rare elegance and finesse – prevalently ripe exotic fruit, melted butter, vanilla and pastries. The bouquet is confirmed on the palate, its aromatic promises kept and deepened by ample, subtle flavors and fresh, persistent nuances.” (Translated from the 2003 Guide Duemilavini of the Italian Sommeliers’ Association, A.I.S., on Dreams 2000) Did you know…? The original label, “Where the Dreams have no end…”, appears in the 1998 hit Disney picture called “The Parent Trap”, directed by Nancy Meyers and starring Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson, Elaine Hendrix and Lisa Ann Walter.
The blend now known as Vintage Tunina was first produced in 1973. However, its first official release under this name was in 1975. A pet name for Antonia, “Tunina” was the first owner of this vineyard. Another “Tunina” lived in the 1700s, and was the only lover of Casanova’s to have been of humble birth – working as housekeeper for an illustrious Venetian family. To this intriguing and romantic figure, Silvio Jermann dedicated Vintage Tunina. Training: Guyot-Cappuccina, with 6,000-7,000 vines per hectare (approx. 2,430 to 2,840 per acre) Alcohol cont. by vol.: 13.5% Acidity: 5.40-5.60‰ Expected cellar life: 7/8 years, 10 years for the finest vintages “Brilliant straw yellow in color, with golden reflections. Intense, ample, very elegant and persistent, with scents of honey and country flowers. On the palate it is dry, mellow, well balanced, with extraordinary persistence thanks to the full body. Matches first courses with truffles, fish dishes and poultry. Great with fresh salmon stuffed with Parmesan cheese and artichokes.” (Translated from an Italian-language review by Daniele Cernilli) Did you know…? In 1976, the most celebrated wine journalist of the 1900s – Luigi Veronelli – asserted that Vintage Tunina was to be considered the “Mennea of Italian wines” (Italy’s Pietro Mennea was the greatest sprinter in the world, holding the 200 meter record for 17 years). The 1997 vintage was acclaimed by Gambero Rosso as the best Italian white. The 1998 vintage was awarded the Italian Sommeliers’ Association’s “Wine Oscar”. In October 2000, Cesare Pillon wrote in Civiltà del Bere magazine: “…Vintage Tunina is extraordinary in many other ways. So far, nobody had ever been aware that this is the best meditation wine ever produced – not just in the passive sense (wine to be sipped as you meditate), but also in the active sense: Vintage Tunina is a wine that makes you think…”
Pinot Noir’s unique, elusive fragrance of plums, raspberries and cherries, its delicate, hard-to-get balance of sensuous richness and extreme finesse, masterfully captured and expressed, complemented by a minor percentage of juicy Merlot.
90% Franconia, a.k.a. Blau-fraenkisch, and 10% Pinot Nero or Blauburgunder (hence the name), aged in barriques of French oak for 16 months. Intense ruby red; well balanced nose, with herbaceous notes and nuances of underbrush. Dry on the palate, elegant, quite full, great harmony of components. Expected cellar life is 4-5 years. IN-DEPTH INFO: The wine takes its name from Blaufränkisch, a historic variety (also known as Franconia del Collio and documented for the past two hundred years), cultivated by the Jermanns ever since the 1800s, and Blauburgunder, i.e. Pinot Noir. It is dedicated to Sylvia Tunina, Silvio Jermann’s youngest child. First vintage produced: 2000 Alcohol content: 13% by vol. Acidity: 5.8 ‰ Expected cellar life: 4 to 5 years Élevage: 16 months in French oak barriques DID YOU KNOW…? The label design of the puppy (called Truman) is from a picture to be found in a book on Boston terriers by Sergio Pella and Umberto Cuomo, published by Edizione Cinque in 2006.
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