100% Friulano from Friuli, Italy.
SRP of $16 and available for as low as $14. Sample received courtesy Bastianich and Dark Star Imports for review purposes.
From the bottle:
“Adriatico is a unique collaboration spanning borders of three nations, uniting a common passion for 3 indigenous varieties that find their maximum expression at the northern tip of the Adriatic Sea.
This Friulano, from Italy’s Colli Orientali Del Friuli DOC, shows ripe peach and mineral with an uncommonly lush mouthfeel and a fresh finish with hints of almond.
Friulano (free-oh-LAH-no) is the most widely planted grape in Friuli where it has been grown since the 1600s. Friulano is the local name for Sauvignon Vert and today it is found almost exclusively in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of Italy. (It used to be present in Chile where it was mistaken for Sauvignon Blanc, but once they realized their error those plantings declined.) In any case, it’s a surprise to me that this grape isn’t grown in more areas because it produces a very delicious, easy to drink white wine.
The 2010 Bastianich Friulano Adriatico begins with aromas of rich fruit (primarily pear and peach) along with floral notes and a bit of almond. Tasting the wine reveals fresh and lush fruit flavors (more pear and peach plus lemon) with lots of mineral notes underneath. The wine has great acidity and is really quite delicious. On the finish the fruit turns zesty and the mineral notes continue and last a good long time.
Overall Rating: 7.5
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