Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Grape(s): Tocai Friulano 50%, Malvasia Istriana 30%, Ribolla Gialla 20%
The fact that Italy has few whites capable of matching the renown of its reds has often been remarked though never satisfactorily explained. Assuming that our Best In Show selection this year is diagnostic, that may be about to change: two Italian whites made it into this year’s selection of top 50 DWWA wines. This first is this complex blend of Fiuliano (known elsewhere as Sauvignon Vert or Sauvignonasse, and never so successful as here in Collio and over the border in Slovenia) with Malvasia Istriana (a great grape in Croatia, too) and the singular, always memorable Ribolla Gialla. It’s green gold in colour, with compellingly creamy yet spring-fresh scents over subtle grapefruit and citrus zest. On the palate, this is a richly dry, alluringly sappy wine with ample mouth-filling intensity, length and textural presence. Very fine -- and wholly original.
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