Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio Colli Orientali del Friuli 2008
Livio Felluga emigrated from Istria and established his property in Brazzano in the 1950s. Convinced of the winemaking potential inherent in Collio and the Colli Orientali of Friuli, he bucked the trend of the times and started buying vineyards. He now has an amazing property, covering 160 hectares in Rosazzo of which 135 are under vine. Recently revitalised by Livio’s four children (Andrea, Maurizio, Elda and Filippo), the estate is now well on the way to reclaiming its rightful place among the great producers in Italy. The energy injected into the estate by the younger generation has been harnessed by consultant viticulturalist/winemaker Stefano Chioccioli. As a result of their combined work, the whites have acquired more intense and focused flavours, while the reds have a ripeness and suppleness that is seldom achieved in Friuli. This delightful Pinot Grigio is light straw in colour with pink or coppery lights reflecting the brief period of skin contact. Full and open on the nose, with perfumes of orange blossom and wild roses, with some exotic fruit notes. On the palate it has good depth, with tight, restrained flavours of peach and apricot, liquorice and white pepper. Dry, clean and fresh on the finish.
Founder Livio Felluga is a 5th generation winemaker credited with innovating and mastering modern winemaking in Italy. He is known for creating exceptionally lush, crisp and well-balanced wines that are recognized as the finest in their categories. Livio Felluga has been called one of the 7 stars in the last 100 years of Italian winemaking.
Overly chilled, but green apples shone through. A lot more fruit in the mouth - mango, kiwi and more green apple. Nice, dry, with a little Cinnamon on the finish.
Smelling some light apples. Not really strong nose on this one. Some buttery flavors. Not to impressed. Tastes really immature.
Honied tropical fruit nose. Palate is slightly odd, oily and somewhat plasticky. Not my favorite, but I'm not much of a Pinot Grigio drinker.
Lots of tropical fruits with a subtle gritty edge. Elegant long buttery finish.
White chocolate, honey, strawberries, on the nose and mouth, smooth and a little bit savory, but there is obvious negative space, and the wine lacks support on the palate.
Creamy aromas of apple pie, mineral and ripe mango. Very bright acidity. Full of citrus zest and minerality around a very bold acidity. It lingers. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 5/15/10
The wine is a distinctive straw color with copper highlights. On the nose and palate, there is apricot, peach, and strong minerality that may be expressive of the marl and sandstone terroir. Nicely acidic and slightly bitter on the finish.
External Reviews for Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio Colli Orientali del Friuli
A true standard bearer for the white wines of Northern Italy's Collio region, this 2008 Pinot Grigio from Livio Felluga was ranked #79 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2009. A ripe, rich Pinot Grigio, the Spectator rated it 91 points saying " Apple pie, mineral, piecrust and ripe mango aromas. Full-bodied, with bright acidity and a lively finish. Drink now."
The 2008 Pinot Grigio reveals layers of perfumed, floral fruit, showing lovely depth and richness. A long, refined finish rounds out this very pretty Pinot Grigio. Anticipated maturity: 2009–2011.
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