Vinous media by Antonio Galloni

JUNE 2015

2012 Lis Neris Confini
Rating 94
The 2012 Confini is another Lis Neris classic, even if the blend has evolved considerably in recent vintages. Still the overall impression is of a Gewürztraminer-dominant blend with gorgeous tropical fruit, gingerbread and exotic floral notes wedded to a sense of real textural polish and breadth. Effortless and gracious throughout, the Confini truly dazzles in 2012. Drink 2015 – 2020

2012 Lis Neris La Vila Friulano
Rating 94
A super-refined, polished white, the 2012 Friulano La Vila is all class. Honey, melon, apricot pit and sweet floral notes open up in the glass, all with the extra textural depth from aging in large format barrels. Chamomile and lightly honeyed notes round out the superb, highly expressive finish. Drink2015 – 2019

2010 Lis Neris Tal Lùc
Rating 93
Apricot jam, burnt sugar, dark spices toffee and crème brulee race across the palate in the 2010 Tal Lùc. Voluptuous and generous on the palate, this blend of dried Verduzzo Friulano and Riesling remains one of Italy’s most compelling sweet wines. Drink 2015 – 2020

2012 Lis Neris Lis
Rating 92
The 2012 Lis, a blend of Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, is a classic Lis Neris wine built on texture and layers of flavor. Nothing stands out, as all the elements are masterfully fused together. The 2012 is rich and intense, but never heavy, with Sauvignon most clearly felt in the aromatics, while the Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay come through most clearly in the wine’s mid-palate. Drink 2015 – 2018

2013 Lis Neris Picol Sauvignon Blanc
Rating 92
The green, grassy side of Sauvignon Blanc comes through loud and clear in the estate’s 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Picol. Mint, pine, sage, tomato leaf and crushed rocks all add considerable nuance to the finely sculpted finish. Readers should expect a fairly assertive, focused Sauvignon, yet within the style, all the elements are very nicely balanced. Drink 2015 – 2021

2012 Lis Neris Jurosa Chardonnay
Rating 90
A big, powerful wine, the 2012 Chardonnay Jurosa offers plenty of varietal character and textural richness. As good as the Jurosa is, it can’t match the pure personality and complexity of the best selections in this range. Drink 2015 – 2019        

2013 Lis Neris Gris Pinot Grigio
Rating 89
The 2013 Pinot Grigio Gris is a bit one-dimensional in this vintage, with less of the volume and texture it typically offers. Peach, apricot, candied lemon and sweet spices abound in a forward, nicely layered Pinot Grigio to drink over the next few years. Drink 2015 – 2019


2009 Lis Neris Confini
Rating 91
Ginger, mango, white flowers, honey and Chamomile are some of the notes that flesh out in the 2009 Confini. As always, the Confini is the richest and most voluptuous of the Lis Neris whites. The decrease of Gewürztraminer in the blend and the increase of Pinot Grigio makes Confini a little less exuberant than it has been in the past, but the wine’s essential personality remains. In this warm, precocious vintage the Confini is all about texture allied to expressive aromatics from the Gewürztraminer.  Drink 2013 – 2016 


2009 Lis Neris Lis
Rating 91
The flagship 2009 Lis is a Pinot Grigio/Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc blend. Apricot, peach, Chamomile, spice, sage and vanilla notes meld together in a pretty, supple white to drink now and over the next few years. The aromatics are very much Sauvignon-inflected, while the Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio contribute the mid-palate and body. Drink 2013 – 2017