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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio 2009
Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio 2009
(search item no. 106495)
screw cap wine
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $27.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This celebrated variety derives from a bud mutation of Pinot Noir. Pinot Grigio favours cooler climates and finds its ideal habitat on the hillsides. Livio Felluga's vinification technique gives the wine finesse and elegance while preserving the faint coppery highlights that are Pinot Grigio's hallmark. Without doubt, it is the best-known Friulian wine around the world.

Appearance: straw yellow with light copper hues

Nose: very elegant, crispy and complex with notes of jasmine, broom and magnolia flower; notes of white peach, apricot, pear, golden apple, cantaloupe, acacia honey; hints of crushed stone.

Palate: elegant first impact, tense, with good balance; excellent retro-nasal aromatics; pleasant mineral note at the end.

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About Livio Felluga:

The winery was founded in 1956, after Livio Felluga relocated from his native Istria, but the family's winemaking traditions date back to the mid-19th century. Now in his 90s, founder and patriarch Livio Felluga is accredited with innovating and mastering modern wine making in Italy. His reputation for creating exceptionally lush, crisp and well-balanced wines extends well beyond the region of Friuli. His wines are recognized the world over as the finest in their categories.

The 500-acre Livio Felluga Estate includes 370 acres of rolling hillside vineyards in the Collio and Colli Orientali del Friuli. Friuli's temperate climate, protected by the Alps to the north and moderated by the Adriatic Sea to the south is a winemaker's dream. The sparse soil of marl and calcareous deposits is ideal for the white varieties, and also for their complex red wines.

Felluga does not believe in undistinguished, homogenous wine styles, but rather focuses on subtle, elegant expressions of wines made from grapes which have been grown in Friuli for centuries. Balance and clarity are the hallmarks of these wines, with minimum influence from oak and maximum freshness.