Friuli

The Friuli

Native Vines:

Red

• Refosco del Peduncolo Rosso
• Schioppettino
• Tazzelenghe
• Pignolo
• Piculìt Neri
• Cordenossa
• Cianorie
• Forgiarìn
 

White

• Friulano
• Ribolla Gialla
• Malvasia Istriana
• Vitovska
• Cividìn
• Sciaglìn
• Verduzzo
• Picolit
• Ucelùt
 
Important Wines
• Collio Bianco
• Friulano from the Collio and Colli Orientali
• Ribolla Gialla from the Collio and Colli Orientali
• Ramandolo
• Schioppettino del Colli Orientali
• Refosco from the Colli Orientali and Aquileia 

 

An orderly region, whose white wines are prized throughout Italy for their precision and fresh fruit, rising to fame in the 1970s with Mario Schiopetto’s revolutionary wines, which arguably laid the foundations for the future of Italian white wines.

The wines are usually named after their varieties and traditionally producers will make many different wines with very similar labels. 

The best sub-zones border Slovenia: the Carso, Collio (www.collio.it) and the Colli Orientali, where small producers dominate and their output is an anarchic mix from amphora fermented to ultra-clean reductive winemaking.  The Colli Orientali is essentially an extension of the Collio, though the former is in the province of Udine, the latter Gorizia.  The rules for Collio are also tighter and insist on the vineyards being on a slope.

The Grave is the largest zone and here Pinot Grigio rules with Prosecco on the huge rise. 

There are pockets of extraordinary winemaking in the lesser sub-zones like the Isonzo and Aquileia, but the most interesting zone of all may be towards the hills of Valeriano.  These have no official recognition, but have been brought alive through the recovery of ancient vines by Emilio Bulfon.

 

our Friulano selection by Winemaker / Estate...

Caveat
Bat and Bottle is Emma and me, there are no teams of copywriters or agencies helping us out and we are constantly limited by time.  For excellent sources of information go to my blog where I have embedded useful links.  These scribblings are personal and flawed. 

 

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  1. Valpanera. Bianco 'Tre Uve' 2013

    Nothing not to like about this wine, sauvignon aromas leading to pink grapefruit, basil and greengage flavours, perhaps a touch of melon.  Soft and fresh, a touch of minerality everything is just right, a really lovely vintage.


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  2. Rauscedo. Pinot Grigio 2015

    Perfumed, funky, exotic aromas with lemon, herb and pink grapefruit, fresh and pure with the typically stony character that is the DNA of this wine.


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  3. Rauscedo. Sauvignon Blanc 2015

    Generous, ripe lime and kiwi fruit aromas with ripe basil and tarragon, tight and mineral with fresh, fresh fig and lemon flavours, a fine structure and long finish.


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  4. Rauscedo. Friulano 2015

    A touch of wax adding complexity to lime and banana flavours.  A very good Friulano, far better than the price suggests, lovely and mineral on the finish. 


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  5. Rauscedo. Traminer Aromatico 2013

    Beautifully restrained, lightly spiced fruit, dry and refreshing with tight mineral finish.


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  6. Rauscedo. Verduzzo 2013

    Soft, honeyed fruit with delicious touches of nutmeg and quince.  A medium bodied, supple, gentle sweet wine that has no desire to overpower. 


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  7. Necotium. Friulano Delfino della Marchesa 2012

    A purity of fruit with a real depth of golden apple, marzipan, almond and hazelnut flavours, quite floral and mineral on the finish.


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  8. Rauscedo. Ribolla Gialla Spumante Extra Dry

    Beautiful aromatic fruit, fine minerality providing structure and weight.  For such an immediately enjoyable wine this has unusual complexity.


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  9. Rauscedo. Marzemino Spumante Demi Sec

    Deeply coloured frothy red with generous strawberry, raspberry and Turkish delight flavours, bottled joy. 


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  10. Emilio Bulfon. Cividin 'Blanc di Sanzuan' 2013

    Lovely ripe fruit on the nose, pineapple and mango, delicate herb and lime flavours.  A fine vintage for this vine.


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