2008 Jermann Were Dreams IGT

Year: 2008
Appellation: Friuli
Country: Italy
Wine Advocate: 90
White Wine
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97% Chardonnay, 3% top secret!

"The 2008 Were Dreams emerges from the glass with deep, intense layers of fruit. This barrel fermented Chardonnay shows plenty of opulence and richness, but in a nicely balanced style. Tropical fruit, smoke and French oak come together nicely on the finish. As good as this is, the Dreams has never been as convincing as Jermann’s top whites. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.

These new releases from Silvio Jermann include a number of fabulous bottles. In particular, I was impressed with the top 2008s, a vintage where the cool minerality of the year prevails over the house’s typically lush style, an approach I tend to find less interesting. Jermann has a new red on the horizon, the Pignolo Vigna Truss, from recently purchased hillside vineyards in Dolegna, the home of his massive, new cellar. Previously, Jermann’s Pignolo had mostly come from the flats of Villanova, a far less prestigious village in Isonzo, rather than the Collio. I tasted all of the 2009 entry-level whites from screwcaps. Readers should be aware that Jermann is owned by my wife’s uncle. I have always viewed education as an important component of wine criticism. An article on Friuli without these wines would have been incomplete and ultimately the consumer would have been poorer for their exclusion. For those reasons I have chosen to include the wines in this report. Neither my wife nor I have any financial or other interest, direct or indirect, in this property." (WA)

Winery Notes:
W.... DREAMS ... ...... Venezia Giulia IGT: 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". Those who tasted the wine call it Dreams - with reason. That's what it tastes like. By the way: 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.