Schiapetto Friulano "M" 2016 -- Suckling 98 Points
Regular price $88.00
From Suckling: ". . . Dried apple, lemon and pear character. Full body, dense and powerful. Yet always lively and dancing in the palate. Crazy finish. One of Italy's top whites. Made from vines planted in 1954. Drink now."
I have an exotic and rare wine for your consideration today. Friulano is an Italian grape grown in the Friuli region of northeastern Italy, formerly known as Tocai Friulano, and is usually used to make large quantities of a racy, slightly minerally dry white wine of . . . modest character.
But one producer takes the grape to exotic, edgy heights. Like any great iconoclastic winemaker, he goes for more ripeness and shockingly low yields. The vines are very old, the grapes are hand-harvested and fermented in stainless steel with no S02. The result is a world-class white wine that is unique, and very rare. A tiny amount was brought into the US, and even fewer ended up in the distribution channels here in Oregon. Right now, no one knows it is here, and for at least today, I have FOUR MORE bottles available for those adventurous winos on my list.
On the palate, this wine is captivating, with significant dry extract and a pithy element from some skin contact, but the scintillating acidity and remarkable fruit-driven mid-palate complexity are breathtaking. This is a unique wine, well worth the price tag, and very impressive overall.