In addition to great food, Esca has a superb and reasonably priced Italian wine list, thus selecting a wine to compliment the food is a pleasure instead of an adventure. I selected two whites from Brazzano, Friuli Venezia Giulia. Nicola Manferrari founded Borgo del Tiglio in 1981 on the marl and sandstone hillsides in the DOC Collio area. He produces mostly white wines and to highlight the influence of the terroir the grapes from each plot are kept separate in the winemaking process. The wines are fermented in barrel. The wines are produced from vines of different ages, harvested by hand, lightly pressed and fermented in small French oak barrels for 9 – 14 months during which time they are tasted frequently until the definitive cuvee is decided upon. Quite a large part of the wine originally destined for the cuvee is rejected. Borgo del Tiglio makes two ranges; the white labels, which we drank today, are considered the entry and mid-tier wines, while the dark green label is reserved for the Selezioni, or the top selections, bottlings that vary from year to year. Both "levels" are delicious and represent pure expressions of terroir and fruit.
2013 Borgo del Tiglio Chardonnay. While I own quite a few of his wines, this was my first time with the Chardonnay. This bottling, his entry level Chardonnay, had excellent depth and a fresh, clean palate of ripe fruit. It has the stuff to age for another 5 years or so. $46. Wine-Searcher.
2014 Borgo del Tiglio Collio Bianco. Another entry-level wine in which Nicola blends Tocai Friulano, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon. Like the Chardonnay it drank with a youthful precision and finished with nice length. $35.
|Cosmo enjoys his "dessert"|