Emilio Bulfon Blanc de Rugel
Rugel was first made in 2012, it was the first dry Ucelùt I tasted, and still is for that matter. We have imported the sweet wines from this vine - named after uccellini, the small birds that enjoy the extra sweetness in these grapes which are planted as a diversion to protect the main crop. When Emilio showed me his new planting of Ucelùt, I confess to being confused; sweet wines are not gaining much in popularity but all has become clearer now. Ucelùt, like Cividìn and Sciaglìn is an aromatic variety well suited to making a fine dry wine. The first Rugel included 20% Cividìn and much of the Ucelùt was aged in old tonneaux. The reason was more to do with the age of the vines for by 2013 there was no need for the Cividìn and fermentation and ageing had moved to steel tanks; the wine has more flesh and fruit, the improvement was marked.
Ucelùt is an aromatic variety historically planted around the edges of vineyards to keep the workers energy up and to divert other local wildlife from the main crop, especially birds. It is very rare now and when bottled as a varietal is usually as a sweet wine. This is a single vineyard, dry Ucelùt.The 2013 vintage of Rugel is pure Ucelùt and the fruit is altogether more powerful, it was an excellent vintage for Bulfon and this wine reflects that. Deep, orange and grapefruit flavours, with spice and floral elements. This is only the second release of the wine and in truth, I have no idea how it will age, but look forward to following it. In 2013 the overall production was down on 2012, the wines have good acidity and minerality, overall a better vintage for whites which are lovely and floral. There is something strangely Cointreau-like about the wine and it would be brilliant with a pigeon salad. 13%
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product Emilio Bulfon. 'Blanc de Rugel' 2013 product code / SKU IWF117 region Italy - Friuli vintage 2013 bottle size 75cl alcohol level 13 - 13.5% body medium colour white sugar level dry grape Ucelùt