Vintage Tunina: a classic white blend goes large!

18 May

Silvio Jermann “Vintage Tunina” 2009 white wine blend, Venezia Giulia, IGT, Italy. 13.5% ABV, Purchased from at $40/bottle, sourced locally at $64/bottle, online as low as $54/bottle.

Color: warm amber center melding into deep straw. Nose of wildflowers, stone fruit, and baked apple. On the palate, individual fruit flavors give way to the notes of specific grapes used in this blend: sauvignon, chardonnay, ribolla gialla, malvasia, and picolit. Gentle secondary notes of honey, flowers, limestone, and young wood come forth from the huge mouthfeel of this wine with its supple acidity and lengthy finish. If you love rich and creamy whites, this is a wine you will want to try. Be warned, you might fall in love! 

This bottle fits well into the “massive wine” category that few white wines can fill. It is an example of expert winemaking taking from both Italian and Austrian heritage. As a fan of the Bordeaux blend, it’s plain to see why this creation from Silvio Jermann is a big wine that is easy to adore. The intensity and size of the wine cries out for a perfect meal to pair it with to accent the flavor profile and allow the huge finish to linger on your palate.


My only regret with this wine is having not purchased more of it when I found it at  a superbly low price from Garagistes when it sells for $64/bottle locally, and more recent vintages are even pricier. It’s worth the cost to get a couple of bottles- one to taste and try with your recipes, and one to share with friends.  It will pair beautifully with first and second courses as well as with white meat entrees, and handled a grilled salmon with a sharp green herb sauce beautifully.

If you’ve tasted Vintage Tunina, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!


à votre santé!




3 Responses to “Vintage Tunina: a classic white blend goes large!”

  1. talkavino May 18, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    I have a few bottles of 2008, and I’m not in a hurry to drink them. Didn’t have the 2009, but I had 2006 and 2008 – definitely very different wines, worthy of a place in anyone’s cellar.


    • jimvanbergen May 18, 2014 at 9:54 am #

      Thanks Anatoli, it seems these could cellar a decade or more (if I have that much patience!) Curious what differences you found in the ’06 and ’08- blend balance, winemaking changes, or weather-related?
      Thanks so much for your insight, my friend! Cheers- JvB


      • talkavino May 18, 2014 at 11:21 am #

        Now this is a difficult question. It’s been a while since I had both, so I will not be able to tell you. What stays in memory is the quality and uniqueness of the wine itself. I wish I could point you to my blog, but I only have a small note on 2006 and nothing on 2008…


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