Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Wine Blogging Wednesday: Friuli Whites

WCWC Adventures is bringing you not one but two different wines for Wine Blogging Wednesday. Thanks to Jack and Joanne at Fork & Bottle for making me stretch a bit into Whites of Friuli. I'm sure tons of my fellow bloggers will opine on the region of Friuli. I will just refer you to the Wine Book Club's selection of Vino Italiano for more information on the region.

Friuli #1 Italo Cescon from Grave Pinot Grigio 2006 DOC for about $15 dollars at the Wineyard. I know they said it would be tough to find a good wine for this price but I did enjoy this wine. Very pretty packaging. Features a wooden branch they call a Tralcetto around the neck. According to their site "The Tralcetto is the piece of vine located on the neck of Italo Cescon bottles. This vine signifies where the wine came from and the hard work that was involved in making the wine. "My translation is that the Tralcetto means "marketing stick" in Italian, but I fell for it anyway.

Tasting Notes: Pale yellow color. 12% alcohol. Nose of lemon, pears, and pomelo. Crisp acidity braced with lemons and grapefruit and a nice full mouth feel. This wine was much bigger and quite well balanced for the price.

Friuli #2 2004 Russiz Superiore Tocai Friulano that was $22 bucks at Izo Wine. This wine was from the much more renown Collio region of Friuli and had no discernible "marketing stick". This wine was much more full bodied and complex. The color was a rich golden yellow. The nose had strong notes of rosemary with a touch of thyme, some hints of bitter almonds, and lots of minerality. To be clear on the wine term, minerality, it literally smells like wet slightly salty rocks and shells. Also I detected notes of Meyer lemon, papaya and pomelo...A lempapmelo. There also was a bit more oak on the nose than I typically prefer. Upon tasting, lots of citrus fruit( pineapple, tart blood orange, lemon), herbal tones akin to rosemary,and a sleek mineral finish that lingers and lingers. This is a wine meant for food. I had it with some Cyprus Grove Truffle Tremor and it was a wonderful experience. With food, the finish that overstayed its welcome disappears, and the wine becomes more focused in flavor. That being said, while I liked this wine, parts of it reminded me of the sour lemon tart aspect I tend to dislike and encounter often with Roussanne. I would probably prefer a less sour lemony, more brightly acidic Tocai Friulano in the future. But of course in the future, it will just be known as Friulano.
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Anonymous said...

I wanted to taste a Tocai Friulano, but couldn't get my hands on one. After reading your description of the Russiz Superiore, I'm further intrigued.

Joe Roberts said...

You have some nice wine.

But you have no wire chickens! :-)

Interestingly, I wasn't sure what pomelo was exactly, and I found this image on Google when searching on it!

Anonymous said...

Marketing stick indeed!

This has got to be the most unusual way to get rid of vineyard clippings that I've run across. I wonder who put the twigs on all those bottles?

Taster A said...

These little pieces of trivia and lore make an interesting posting. We are all learning so much about this region. We found three equally enjoyable wines from this region at this price point too. (It took some hunting.) Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps you'll find a Ribolla or Malvasia next have a more adventurous palate than some, I can see.

I, too, am sometimes bugged when one of these wines has not as much acidity as I would have liked.

David McDuff said...

Hey Amy,
Italo Cescon is not the only Italian producer to utilize the branding branch -- the Abruzzese producer Cantina Zaccagnini is probably best known for it.

The Russiz Tocai sounds pretty interesting, even given its woodiness.

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