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2008 Palmina Tocai Friulano Honea Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley
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88 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2009

($20) Bright gold. Intensely spicy and herbal on the nose, projecting fresh lime and apple qualities; smells a lot like a gruner veltliner. Tangy and sharply focused, with tensile citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a strong herbal note. Finishes dry and with good bite; I suspect that some people may find this wine a bit strict.

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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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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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