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2009 Palmina Tocai Friulano Subida Honea Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley

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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2011

Bright gold.  Bee pollen and pit fruit aromas expand with air, picking up notes of anise and candied ginger.  Broad and juicy on the palate, offering intense pear and peach flavors and notes of honeysuckle and bitter herbs.  Finishes on a spicy note, with very good clarity and a touch of green tea.

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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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