By Marco Giovanetti
Chardonnay has a long tradition in Italy but for many years the grape suffered a mistaken identity with Pinot blanc—often with both varieties inter-planted in the same vineyard and blended together. In the Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol region this confusion appeared in the synonyms for each grape with Pinot blanc being known as “Weissburgunder” (White Burgundy) and Chardonnay was known as “Gelber Weissburgunder” (Golden White Burgundy). By the late 20th century, this confusion disappeared and making pure varietal versions of the wine. In 1984, it was granted its first Denominazione di origin controllata (DOC) in the Alto Adige region. By 2000, it was Italy’s fourth most widely planted white wine grape.
The majority of Italian Chardonnay vineyards are located in the northern wine regions, however some can be found throughout Italy as far as Sicily and Puglia.. In Lombardy and Trentino Alto Adige the grape is used for premium sparkling wine as Franciacorta and Trento DOC. In the Veneto area it has found its home and produces stylish wines when vinified in purity. Chardonnay also grows in the Valle d’Aosta DOC and Friuli-Venezia Giulia region.
Cantina Produttori Cormòns is a cooperative of hundred and thirty local wine growers in Cormons located in the province of Gorizia.Since 1968, they produce high quality wines in Friuli Venezia Giulia.
They own 400 hectares of land among the principal areas of Friuli Collio, Isonzo and Aquileia, combining tradition, innovation and environmental protection.
Cormons Chardonnay Collio Goriziano 2017. SAQ # 13996839, $20.00
This is a very elegant and subdued chardonnay with aromas of melon, citrus notes and a touch of honey and almond cream. On the palate, it is round and quite delicate with delicate mineral and floral notes. Very long aftertaste with a caressing finale. Perfect match with shellfish preparations such as shrimp risotto or pasta with mussels and light cream sauce.
The Cantina also makes a beautiful Tre Venezie Ribolla Gialla which is quite fine and elegant. It reminded me of flowers, verbena with a touch of citric fruits with a fantastic acidity and minerality on the palate. The Brut Ribolla Gialla is also a very interesting sparkler offering exotic fruit undertones with a great minerality and long finish. Both of these wines, I tasted them at the latest Italian trade tasting on October 2018.