Livio Felluga of Friuli New Releases

ART livio-felluga-logoThe Livio Felluga winery is one of the most highly respected in Italy’s Friuli region. We review current releases of Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon, and its superb oak-fermented, white blend called Terre Alte. Friuli borders on Austria and the Mediterranean [see map below].

Livio Felluga established his winery in 1955 in the town of Brazzano with estate vineyards in the hills of Rosazzo in Friuli.  He went on to introduce the concept of terroir wines and put the focus on quality wine. Today the winery has 160 hectares of vineyards in Colio and Colli Orientali del Friuli, produces about 65 thousand cases of wine annually, and exports to over 70 countries.

Now over 100 years old, Livio Felluga is the fifth generation of a winemaking family that started out in Istria, now part of Austria. His four children—Andrea, Elda, Filippo, and Maurizio–currently manage the winery with Andrea in charge of winemaking.

Importer: Mionetto MW Imports

ART Livio Vyd 3Livio Felluga 2013 Pinot Grigio Friuli Colli Orientali del Friuli DOCG ($25) 89 This is a different wine from your average, light Pinot Grigio. The Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio shows white stone fruit and herbal tea aromas and rich flavors that match. It’s well balanced with a refreshing wet stone nuance on the finish. Made of estate grown grapes.

Livio Felluga 2013 Sauvignon Friuli Colli Orientali del Friuli DOCG ($25) 89 The Sauvignon displays good varietal character. Stone fruit, herbs and nettles are present on a fragrant nose and medium weight, slightly saline palate. Bright, somewhat assertive acidity shows on the finish. The grapes are partly dried before destemming and fermentation.

Livio Felluga 2011 Terre Alte Rosazzo Bianco DOCG ($80) 93  Straw gold. A very impressive white wine with saturated, complex aromas and flavors of rich white stone fruit, honeyed pear, cassava melon and chalky minerals. It’s perfectly balanced with no hard edges, a round mouth feel, and lingering flavor intensity on the finish. From a special parcel at the Abazzia di Rosazzo, the highest of the estate. A blend of Friulano, Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon. The Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon are fermented in stainless steel; the Friulano is fermented and aged in small French oak casks.

July 2015

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