Bastianich Tocai Friulano Plus 2006
from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
A single-vineyard of sixty-year-old vines, on a perfectly exposed hilltop, yields
an extreme example of our native Friulano. We concentrate the flavors of our
old-vine Tocai by harvesting at optimum ripeness. Ten-percent of the harvested
fruit undergoes an additional period of appassimento and, if conditions are
right, an attack of the noble rot, botrytis, adding another layer of depth and
The nose is ripe and powerful, showing
mature mandarin oranges, melons and
pears. Similar in flavor and complexity to
a "Grand Cru" Alsatian white.
Plus can be served with frito, scampi and
raw fish in its youth, but is also fantastic
with hot peppers and very spicy dishes
(Indian and Thai). As it ages, it becomes a
magnificent soft cheese companion - try it
with the likes of Taleggio or Robiola.
"Medium deep yellow with hints of gold. Aromas of toasted almond, hay and ripe pear along with more exotic notes of passion fruit and papaya. Rich, ripe and fairly full on entry, with harmonious acids framing the ripe fruit flavors of apple, pear and papaya. Finishes quite long and creamy, with a honeyed note. This is one of Friuli's top white wines, made from late-harvested fruit and only in the better years."
International Wine Cellar
"The 2006 Tocai Plus shows terrific depth and complexity in a bouquet of crushed rocks and flowers that melds into ripe, succulent peaches. This generous, textured white shows outstanding length on the palate, with attractive honeyed notes that linger on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2014."
The Wine Advocate
"Exhibits aromas of white peach and apple tart. Full-bodied, with tangy fruit and a long finish. Tangy and rich. Very lively. Drink now."
"Offers amazing intensity and layered aromas of honey, candied orange, caramel and butterscotch. The wine also delivers an interesting combination of sweet fruit flavors and a bitter almond close."
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