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2006 Torre Rosazza Friulano Colli Orientali del Friuli
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2008

($22) Medium-deep straw with gold highlights. Soft, ripe aromas of pear and apple eau de vie, complemented by almond, freshly cut grass and sage. The ripe pear and almond notes dominate on the palate, where just the right amount of acidity to gives this wine perfect balance and extends its finish. As good as the ribolla is here, tocai seems to have become this producer's strong suit: this is the third really fine vintage in a row, and the last two in particular have been among the best examples of tocai made in Friuli.

91 Points | Wine Spectator

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Italy, like France, offers a world of wine styles within a single country: dry Italian white wines ranging from lively and minerally to powerful and full-bodied; cheap and cheerful Italian red wines in both a cooler, northern style and a richer, warmer southern style; structured, powerful reds capable of long aging in bottle; sparkling wines; sweet wines and dessert wines.
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Tocai Friulano

The Northeast of Italy is the exception to the pattern established in the rest of the country; here, white wine grapes are the standouts, while reds, although often interesting, are the afterthoughts. For an example of this, look at the grape Tocai. Also traditionally known as Tocai Friuliano, for its native growing region Friuli, this grape is a member of the Sauvignon family. Like its more recognizable and well-traveled cousin, Sauvignon Blanc, Tocai produces...
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