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In Farra d'Isonzo, in the province of Gorizia, Italy, born the great and renowned wines of Jermann, whites and red, all having the same common factor: an impeccable quality

 Vintage Tunina. Who, among wine lovers, has never heard about this renowned white wine, or, even better, has appreciated it? A name - Vintage Tunina - which is among the ones which made the recent history of Italian wines and that contributed to spread its fame in the world. The list of “important” wines could go on with Capo Martino and Were Dreams Have No Ends - which after years of success became “Were Dreams, Now It Is Just Wine!” - and that today is simply “W… Dreams…”, where in the place of dots everyone can use his or her fantasy and add their favorite words. Silvio Jermann likes to complete the name with Where Dreams Can Happen. These are the names of the most famous Silvio Jermann's wines, vintner in Farra d'Isonzo in the territory of Gorizia. Three great white wines. White wines only? Absolutely not. Silvio Jermann's passion gives us red wines as well, excellent red wines, such as Pignacolusse and Mjzzu Blau & Blau.


The Jermann family
The Jermann family

 Everything began in 1881, when Silvio's great grandfather, Antonio Jermann of Austrian origins, moved to Villanova di Farra. The Jermanns first were farmers and then proprietors, when at the beginning of 1900's the wine production became the main business. Today the ancient winery is successfully run by Silvio Jermann, who applied his ideas and his thoughts to wine production and obtained a striking success worldwide. Silvio Jermann attends in 1968 the Enology School of Conegliano, learning the new techniques - at those times considered revolutionary and nonconformists according to the rigid Italian tradition - and that will allow him, in later times, to make great wines. His ideas were in contrast with the ones imposed by tradition which wanted - at those times - fat and heavy wines, therefore he flew to Canada and continued to increase his experience while thinking about that future which will have seen the wine the way he imagined.

 When he came back, Friuli Venezia Giulia is living a historical change led by other great figures of the region - in particular Mario Schiopetto - and Silvio Jermann finally sees the ideal conditions to impose his thoughts, his modern way to see wine. And it was Mario Schiopetto who encouraged the young Silvio Jermann to continue his wine studies at San Michele all'Adige Institute. It was then the end of alcoholic wines, with deep colors, dull in taste and not very attractive. It was the beginning of a new era for Jermann winery and for Friuli Venezia Giulia: less colored wines but richer in aromas and flavors, with a more modern taste and with a more evident personality, in other words, wines capable of attracting the soul of people. These are Silvio Jermann's wines, that after many years, still represent the excellence of Italian enology in the world.

 In particular, the excellent and celebrated “Vintage Tunina”, a masterpiece of impeccable and rare class, a brilliant example of how a great white wine can also be produced without using any cask or barrique. In fact, Vintage Tunina ferments and ages in steel tanks, longly in contact with its yeast. Vintage Tunina is a great marriage of international grapes - Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc - with the great and precious grapes of the region: Ribolla Gialla, Malvasia Istriana and the rare Picolit. The first tasting tests are dated back to 1973 and it was commercialized for the first time in 1975. Vintage Tunina is a real grape blend - that is grapes are all vinified together - with very low yields of 40-60 quintals per hectare. The name Tunina originated from the old proprietor of the territory where the original vineyard was located - Antonia, which becomes Tunina in the local dialect - the poorest of Casanova's lovers and who worked in Venice as a house keeper. Today Vintage Tunina confirms - year after year - its great excellency and its fame: a great wine for which was written a lot and, we can be certain of this, a lot more will be written.


 

 The same is also true for the other Silvio Jermann's white wines, all being of excellent quality and elegance. In particular the current “W… Dreams…”, evolution of that renowned wine born in 1987 with the name Where the Dreams Have No Ends and dedicated to U2's album “The Joshua Tree” and in particular to the “Where the Streets Have No Name” song. Mainly produced with Chardonnay aged in small barrels, this is also a wine which contributed to boost Silvio Jermann to the top of enology. The same also happened for the more “recent” Capo Martino - produced for the first time in 1991 in occasion of the 110 years of activity of Jermann family at Villanova di Farra - made from dried Tocai Friulano grape and Ribolla Gialla, the two great whites of Friuli Venezia Giulia. Capo Martino ages for 11 months in cask followed by 7 months of aging in bottle: an excellent result which collected many successes and appreciation everywhere in the world.

 The wonders of Silvio Jermann winery are not represented by white wines only. Surprises also come from red wines, two excellent examples of class and elegance. The first one is Pignacolusse, curious name derived from Pigna (Italian for pine cone) - that is from Pignolo grape used for its production - and Colusse, name of the vineyard. Pignolo - an autochthonous grape of Friuli Venezia Giulia - was destined to extinction, fortunately revaluated by the wineries of the region, has in this wine one of the most representative examples, therefore confirming its extraordinary qualities. The other red from Silvio Jermann is Mjzzu Blau & Blau, mainly produced with Blaufränkisch grape and a small part of Pinot Noir. Silvio Jermann remembers that when he was a kid he heard his grandfather talking about a vineyard of Blaufränkisch. After many years he decided to plant again this grape variety, as a tribute to the mitteleuropean origins of the Jermann family. The wine was dedicated to Sylvia Tunina - Silvio Jermann's daughter - who was born the same day in which Vintage Tunina was awarded as the best Italian white wine.

 




Score legend

Fair    Pretty Good    Good
Very Good    Excellent
Wine that excels in its category Wine that excels in its category
Good value wine Good value wine
Prices are to be considered as indicative. Prices may vary according to the country
or the shop where wines are bought




85
Sauvignon 2004
Jermann (Italy)
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc
Price: € 15.00 Score:
The wine shows a brilliant greenish yellow color and nuances of greenish yellow, very transparent. The nose denotes intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of peach, elder and bell pepper followed by aromas of acacia, broom, pineapple, litchi, pear and hints of mineral. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors. The finish is persistent with flavors of peach, litchi and pineapple. This Sauvignon Blanc ages in steel tanks.
Food Match: Pasta and risotto with fish and crustaceans, Sauteed fish and crustaceans



Mjzzu Blau \& Blau 2003, Jermann (Italy)
Mjzzu Blau & Blau 2003
Jermann (Italy)
Grapes: Blaufränkisch (90%), Pinot Noir (10%)
Price: € 20.00 Score:
The wine shows a brilliant ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, little transparency. The nose reveals intense clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of black cherry and plum followed by aromas of blueberry, violet, vanilla, tobacco, licorice, cocoa, eucalyptus, clove and mace. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly tannic attack and good roundness, however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, good tannins. The finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry, blueberry and plum. This wine ages for 16 months in barrique.
Food Match: Roasted meat, Broiled meat, Stewed meat with mushrooms



Pignacolusse 2002, Jermann (Italy)
Pignacolusse 2002
Jermann (Italy)
Grapes: Pignolo
Price: € 28.00 Score: Wine that excels in its category
This wine shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, little transparency. The nose reveals personality with intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas which start with hints of blackberry and black cherry followed by aromas of plum, violet, pine, vanilla, licorice, tobacco, cinnamon, cocoa, mace and wet earth. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, good tannins, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of blackberry, plum and black cherry. A well made wine. Pignacolusse ages for 18-24 months in barrique.
Food Match: Roasted meat, Game, Braised and stewed meat, Hard cheese



Capo Martino in Ruttaris 2003, Jermann (Italy)
Capo Martino in Ruttaris 2003
Jermann (Italy)
Grapes: Tocai Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, Malvasia Istriana, Picolit
Price: € 38.00 Score: Wine that excels in its category
This wine shows a brilliant golden yellow color and nuances of golden yellow, very transparent. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas which start with hints of apple, hazelnut and toasted followed by aromas of hawthorn, banana, broom, almond, honey, plum, grapefruit, pear and vanilla. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and good roundness, however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of plum, pear, hazelnut and grapefruit. A well made wine. Capo Martino ages for 11 months in cask followed by 7 months of aging in bottle.
Food Match: Roasted fish, Stuffed pasta, Stewed fish, Roasted white meat



Were Dreams, Now It Is Just Wine! 2003, Jermann (Italy)
Were Dreams, Now It Is Just Wine! 2003
Jermann (Italy)
Grapes: Chardonnay
Price: € 35.00 Score:
This wine shows a brilliant golden yellow color and nuances of golden yellow, very transparent. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas which start with hints toasted, banana and plum followed by aromas of pineapple, acacia, citrus fruits, hawthorn, apple, honey, hazelnut, grapefruit, praline, vanilla and hints of mineral. The mouth has very good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and good smoothness, however well balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is very persistent with long flavors of banana, hazelnut, plum and grapefruit. A very well made wine. This wine ages for 11 months in cask.
Food Match: Roasted fish, Roasted white meat, Stuffed pasta with mushrooms, Stewed fish



Vintage Tunina 2003, Jermann (Italy)
Vintage Tunina 2003
Jermann (Italy)
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Ribolla Gialla, Malvasia Istriana, Picolit
Price: € 35.00 Score:
Vintage Tunina shows a brilliant golden yellow color and nuances of straw yellow, very transparent. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas which start with hints of peach, pear and plum followed by aromas of banana, pineapple, hawthorn, anise, broom, honey, sage, elder, grapefruit, apple and citrus fruits. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and good roundness, however well balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is very persistent with long flavors of plum, peach and pear. A very well made wine. Vintage Tunina ages in steel tanks.
Food Match: Roasted fish, Stewed fish, Stuffed pasta with mushrooms, Roasted white meat



Jermann - Via Monte Fortino, 21 - 34070 Villanova di Farra, Gorizia (Italy) - Tel. +39 481 888080 Fax. +39 481 888512 - Winemaker: Silvio Jermann - Established: 1881 - Production: 650.000 bottles - E-Mail: info@jermann.it - WEB: www.jermann.it


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