Friuli

The Friuli

our Friulano selection by Winemaker / Estate...

 

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.

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  1. Emilio Bulfon. Grappa di Ucelut

    2012
    Honeyed, fresh and clean fruit, a little too sugary though.
    2010
    Honey, sweet and a tip herby but really, not up too much

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    £30.00
  2. Valpanera. Elisir Balsamico di Refosco Affinato 12 Anni in Barrique

    Deep, dense and complex.  An artisan 12 year old balsamic vinegar,  made unusually from Refosco.


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    £22.25
  3. Tosolini. Amaretto Saliza

    Tosolini Amaretto Salizá


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    £25.00
  4. Tosolini. Limoncello d'Amalfi

    Luscious texture with mandarin, fig syrup and candied lemon flavours, a liquid sorbet.


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    £22.50
  5. Lis Fadis. Friulano 'Sbilf' 2010

    Coxes apples, grapefruit, ripe herb, mint, tarragon and exotic spice.  Mineral and fine with real intensity and elegance, a very fine Friulano.


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  6. Lis Fadis. 'Bergul' 2011

    Full and harmonious with spiced damson, black cherry and wild strawberry fruit, roasted peppers, espresso, a touch of vanilla and divine silky tannins.  A complex and full wine.


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  7. Lis Fadis. Schioppettino 'Pesarul' 2011 Magnum

    Lis Fadis Schioppettino Pesarul
    Rosso Friuli Colli Orientali DOC

    Magnum


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    £70.00
  8. Lis Fadis. Chardonnay 'Guriut' 2011

    A thoughtful and complex wine with beautifully weighted peach, lemon and apricot fruit. Delicate mineral and floral elements with a touch of vanilla spice. This is a style of Chardonnay that I find irresistible, restrained and nuanced, just a touch of lees, very correct and a pleasure on many levels.


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  9. Lis Fadis. 'Bergul' 2011 Magnum

    Full and harmonious with spiced damson, black cherry and wild strawberry fruit, roasted peppers, espresso, a touch of vanilla and divine silky tannins.  A complex and full wine.


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    £70.00
  10. Broilo. Schioppettino 2012

    Raspberry and black pepper, earthy mushroom and grilled peppers, mineral and complex.  Seriously great full-bodied red that is fabulous now and will continue to develop to 2018-2020.


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