Friuli has longed tried to be the true quality leader for Pinot Grigio in Italy, but circumstances have conspired against them. The grape is not as common here as in Trentino and the vineyards are decidedly more difficult to work, both aspects making the wines more expensive to produce. The only way to emerge from behind the shadows of their neighbors was for the region’s producers to stress quality. That they have done.
Lis Neris has settled on a strategy that seems to marry the richness and heft of Alsatian Pinot Gris with some of the classic mineral and citrus notes that we have come to expect from Pinot Grigio. It is an unusual style but one that further illustrates the range of the grape and the ability of Friuli to produce something unique and distinctive.