91 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2009
($30; 100% tocai friulano) Light, bright orange color. Exotic, expressive aromas of peach pit, citrus pith, spicecake and smoke. Almost sweet on entry but firms up in the middle, offering powerful pit and orchard fruit flavors and a strong mineral undertone. Leaves smoky mineral and orange peel notes behind on the long, sappy finish. This wine reminds me a lot of some wild bottlings from Radikon.
It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...
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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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