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Colutta Dry Tocai Friulano 2002

Friulano from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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    Winemaker Notes

    A beloved local varietal, Tocai (not related to the dessert wine of Hungary) is a full bodied dry and intense wine with a nose that recalls wild flowers, pears and peaches. This is an extremely aromatic wine of elegance and ripeness heightened with a hint of hazelnuts and a velvety mouth feel with moderate acidity. An ideal aperitif, this Friulian favorite is also perfect throughout the meal.

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    Colutta, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
    From the hills of eastern Friuli (Colli Orientali) in the northeastern corner of Italy, wedged between Slovenia and Austria, come these graceful wines from one of the most prestigious wine-producing regions in Italy. Friuli is especially known for producing interesting, regional varietals, and using the latest technology in the winery. Colutta, a family-run winery for three generations, represents the highest standards of the region by adopting the most updated cultivating techniques on their hillside vineyards, including severe pruning and manual harvesting. The owner/winemaker Giorgio Colutta and his wife continue the family tradition by infusing regional distinctiveness in their wines while striving to produce the very best wines from Friuli.
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    The source of some of Italy’s best and most distinctive white wines, Friuli-Venezia Giulia is where Italian, Germanic and Slavic cultures converge. The styles of wines produced in this region of Italy's far north-east reflect this merging of cultures. Often shortened to just “Friuli,” the area is divided into many distinct subzones, including Friuli Grave, Colli Orientali del Friuli, Collio Goriziano and Carso. The flat valley of Friuli Grave is responsible for a large proportion of the region’s wine production, particularly the approachable Pinot grigio and the popular Prosecco. The best vineyard locations are often on hillsides, as in Colli Orientali del Friuli or Collio. In general, Friuli boasts an ideal climate for viticulture, with warm sunny days and chilly nights, which allow grapes to ripen slowly and evenly.

    In Colli Orientali, the specialty is crisp, flavorful white wine made from indigenous varieities like Friulano (formerly known as Tocai Friulano), Ribolla gialla and Malvasia Istriana.

    Red wines, though far less common here, can be quite good, especially when made from the deeply colored, rustic Refosco variety. In Collio Goriziano, which abutts Slovenia, many of the same varieties are planted. International varieties like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc are also common, but they tend to be Loire-like in style with herbaceous character and mellow tannins. Carso’s star grape is the red Teranno, notable for being rich in iron content and historically consumed for health purposes. It has an earthy, meaty profile and is often confused with the distinct variety Refosco.

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    High-pitched and vibrant with a delicate perfume, Friulano thrives in the northeastern Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia near the border of Slovenia. The Friulano grown today, while named for its present home of Friuli, is actually the Sauvignonasse grape, a minor cultivar that came from Bordeaux.

    Extensive in the area by the early 1930s, Friulano can be found in all major Friulian DOC zones: Colli Orientali, Collio, Grave del Friuli, and Isonzo. It is usually, but not always, bottled as a single-varietal wine, light in color and body. White peach, honeydew melon and citrus peel flavors prevail and its texture ranges from light and smooth to fresh and fine-grained. Contemplative aromas of jasmine, mint, ginger, almond and spicy herb can come into play.

    Friulano wines are usually best when drunk young and make great starter picks or pairings for light courses. Try it with prosciutto and other delicate cold cuts as well as any dish including the earthy spice of horseradish.

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