When it comes to Italian white wines, Friuli is definitely a region worth getting to know. It’s in the northeast corner of the country and creates some of the best white wines in Italy, particularly if you like crisp, vibrant white wines. Livio Felluga is, in their words, “regarded as the patriarch of viticulture and winemaking in the region.”
Like many families in European winemaking, the tradition goes back five generations. And Livio, the eldest son from the fourth generation, brought the winemaking knowledge of the family to Friuli, establishing the Livio Felluga brand.
Within Friuli there are a few sub-regions and this wine comes from the Collio DOC in the southeastern part of Fruili. This is a cool-climate region where the cool temperatures help keep the acidity levels high in the wine, which results in crisp, vibrant and delicious wines.
The nose on this wine is just what I want from a pinot grigio. It offers floral, pear and apricot aromatics, with a flinty mineral base. The balance is very good. The palate brings apple, pear and soft apricot flavors with sufficient acidity. The finish is moderately long with lingering fruit flavors and a touch of mineral. This is a light and well-structured pinot grigio with elegance and balance.
Wine: Livio Felluga Collio Pinot Grigio
Variety: Pinot grigio
Disclosure: This wine was received as a media sample.
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