Terre del Faet Friulano Collio, 2014

Variety:  Friulano

Here again we have a strong effort in the face of a very challenging 2014 growing season. It was not easy to make wines of this quality given what Mother Nature threw at Friulian winemakers. Patience to allow extended hang time and a meticulous triage prior to pressing and fermentation were critical. The result, a wine that is exceptionally well balanced with slightly higher acidity than the ’13 version, but with characteristic Friulano richness to even the score. Andrea ages this wine in stainless and a small portion in old tonneau. He likes to stir the lees to enhance the richness in this wine and that was the right touch for sure in ’14.  Light gold with flecks of green. Medium body with notes of chamomile, citrus, sage and almond. There is also a streak of earthiness that shows up. A classic Friulano that clocks in at an infinitely drinkable 12.8% alcohol (avoiding that heady character that some Friulano can take on) and will provide great drinking over the next three to five years. This will work wonders alongside a plate of thinly sliced Prosciutto, of the San Daniele (versus the di Parma) variety if possible. Take it to the lunch or dinner table alongside soup, delicate white fish, risotto (especially a seafood risotto) or white meat dishes.