Helped by his great determination and his clear stylistic ideals, Massimo Di Lenardo is quickly becoming one of the most respected figures in Friuli, producing benchmark wines that are remarkably affordable. Vigne dai Vieris, Vigne da San Martin, Vigne da les Maris and Tiare D’Albe are the names of the estate’s four vineyard sites totalling roughly fifty hectares, part of a larger farming area of about 150 hectares. Since 1987 Massimo has made wines exclusively from his own hand harvested vineyards, now planted with densities at between 4,500 and 6,500 plants per hectare with consequently very low yields.
The white wines are all fermented in stainless steel with prolonged lees contact. They all show great, almost unbelievable richness, especially considering their low price tag, while retaining freshness and above all a well defined varietal character. The Merlot “Just Me” is concentrated and full bodied while the Verduzzo “Pass the Cookies” is one of the best value Friuli dessert wines around.