Livio Felluga 2001 Colli Orentali del Friuli Tocai Friulano ($24.99)
From the eastern hills (Colli Orientali) of Friuli-Venezia Giulia comes this "benchmark" Tocai Friulano, a clear, bright-gold wine that breathes rich and complex aromas of white fruit, banana oil, wildflowers and almonds. Flavors are consistent with the nose, full and round, white fruit, almonds and honey, dry and tart, with sharp, cleansing acidity forming a sturdy core. An odd "lactic" nuance like fresh milk creeps in as a flavor note as the wine warms in the glass, not unpleasant but certainly out of the ordinary. Lemons and honey and a hint of bitter almond linger in a very long finish. US Importer: Cliquot Inc., NYC. (Jul 7, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: I like Tocai Friulano with full-flavored seafood and fish dishes, veal or pork. It was good with a simple sauteed lemon sole, but the fish was almost too delicate for the richness and aromatics of the wine.



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