Bastianich Tocai Friulano Plus 2006

White Blends from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

$75.00 $59.99
Save $15.01
Item No. 107833
  • white wine
  • ST93
  • RP91
  • WS90
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

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 complexity.

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
93 Points

"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."
91 Points

"Exhibits aromas of white peach and apple tart. Full-bodied, with tangy fruit and a long finish. Tangy and rich. Very lively."
90 Points

"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."
90 Points

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(free-oo-lee veh-netz-ee-ah gwee-yee-ah) The furthest east of the Tre-Venezie, Friuli-Venezia Giulia (usually just called Friuli) is celebrated for its zingy and zesty whites. Hugging the alps and the Austrian border, the climate here is cool and the vines are planted on the hillsides, allowing for more sun exposure. The cool temperatures of the region result in the lively...

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