Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio DOC
July 1, 2023, Jeff Porter
“Vibrant, fresh and graceful describe the wine from the start. Aromas of freshly cut white flowers, mixed with Bosc pears, sweet spice and crushed rock pour out of the glass. The palate shows ripe Macintosh apples with a creaminess that is perfectly balanced by a zap of acidity on the finish.”
April 2023, Alison Napjus
“A juicy white, with hints of orange zest and fleur de sel that impart pleasing liveliness on the texture. This layers a minerally underpinning with mouthfilling flavors of baked pineapple and apricot, almond paste and pastry cream. Drink now through 2026.”
Livio Felluga moved to Friuli in the late 1930s and made his home on the gentle foothills of Rosazzo. Convinced that only a rebirth of quality farming could bring the Friuli countryside back to life, he began to renovate the old vineyards of Rosazzo and plant new ones, introducing innovative ideas and methods. The focus on quality and respect for the vineyard once embodied by Livio Felluga himself have been proudly carried out by the family over the years. Today, the 500-acre winery is led by Livio’s son, Andrea Felluga, who is committed to continue the family legacy by producing wines of distinction for years to come.
This celebrated variety derives from a bud mutation of pinot noir. Pinot grigio favors cooler climates and finds its ideal habitat on the hillsides. Livio Felluga’s vinification technique gives the wine finesse and elegance while preserving the faint coppery highlights that are pinot grigio’s hallmark. Without doubt, it is the best-known Friulian wine around the world.
The harvest took place during the first half of September. The healthy and perfectly ripe grapes were hand-picked in small crates, to preserve the integrity of the fruit. After gentle destemming the fruit was left to macerate for a short period, then softly crushed, and the must obtained was clarified by decantation. Temperature-controlled fermentation followed in stainless steel vats. At the end of fermentation, the wine was kept on the lees for a few months to increase its complexity, creamy texture and suitability for ageing. Once bottled, it matured in temperature-controlled rooms.
The nose is complex, subtle and enfolding. Generous and floral, with notes of acacia flowers, jasmine, hawthorn, broom and elderflower, followed by hints of white and yellow fruits like pears, peaches, Golden Delicious apples and apricot, blended with a fresh minerality and a pleasant citrus note. Sweet sensations of lemon cream and crème brûlée are supported by a spicy freshness. The palate is full-bodied, crisp, rounded. A fresh, enfolding, mineral and savory entry. Complex mouthfeel with rich notes of white peaches, lychees, apples and winter melon, complemented by sweet hints of tea biscuits. Fresh, tangy and harmonious. The very long, lingering finish offers a fruity, salty aftertaste.
Pairs beatifully with fish, shellfish, risottos, and baked vegetables.
Varietals: 100% Pinot Grigio
Wine Alcohol: 13,5%
Soil Composition: Marl and sandstone flysch of Eocene origin