7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street, 33rd Floor
New York, New York 10007
212 602 7700

Friulano Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC

label image label image

Tasting Notes

Friulano is a true expression of the territory for which it was named (it used to be called Tocai). It bears a moderately intense straw-yellow color. Its mineral scent combines with the scent of a cultivated garden (hints of sage and flowers). The palate is full-bodied, with a sharp sensation of toasted almonds on the finish. Friulano pairs well with cold-cuts and cheeses, and it is excellent when served with fish, risotto and omelettes.

Formerly known as Tocai Friulano, Friulano is probably the most famous of the white wines of Friuli. In the 1990s and into the early years of the new millenium, Friulano has been embroiled in a legal struggle over the use of the name ‘Tokay’ and its various permutations. In 1995 the EU ruled that ‘Tokay’ could only be used to describe the wines of Tokaj in eastern Hungary. In 2007 it became illegal for Italian producers to use the name Tocai on labels. Thankfully the variety has salvaged the second half of its name Friulano which means ‘of Friuli’ making it easier to maintain its regional identity.

2012 Vintage rated 91 points by Wine Spectator    ‘Mouthwatering, Delicious’ – A.N. (7/13)

2013 Vintage rated 91 points by Wine Spectator

Winery

Poggiobello

Region

Friuli

Varietal

100% Tocai Friulano

Location of Vineyards

Oleis (Comune of Manzano)

Altitude

100–150 meters above sea level

Soil

Marl and sandstone rich in minerals (called ‘Ponca’)

Type of Cultivation

Double-arched canes, Sylvoz

Vinification

Grapes are de-stemmed and soft pressed. Alcoholic fermentation occurs in stainless steel containers at controlled temperatures. Once malolactic fermentation is complete, it is left on the yeasts for approximately 4 months before bottling. It rests in bottle for another 2 months.

Alcohol Content

12.5%

Total Production

10,000 bottles

Oenologist

Riccardo Cottarella (consultant)