Livio Felluga Sauvignon DOC
Friuli Colli Orientali, Italy
July 1, 2023, Jeff Porter
“This classic Sauvignon Blanc from Friuli has aromas of fresh pear and apples mixed with lemon and mandarin orange. Notes of yellow and white flowers along with stone and fresh herbs waft out of the glass with a little more time. The palate is layered between vibrant citrus notes and fresh herbal notes finishing with a beautiful structure and clean crisp acidity.”
April 2023, Alison Napjus
“This vibrant Sauvignon has hints of flint and smoke on the nose underscoring ripe, juicy pineapple and pear fruit, while accents of chive blossoms, peach skin, pink grapefruit zest and graphite linger through the finish. Drink now through 2025.”
At 100 years old, founder Livio Felluga was accredited with innovating and mastering modern winemaking in Italy. Back from WWII, he sealed a deep bond with the hillsides of Friuli by reviving the vineyards of Rosazzo, later establishing him as “the patriarch of the wines of Friuli.”
In 1956, when Livio anticipated an implementation of appellation of origin, he chose an ancient map of the area to create an iconic label to tell the world the story of his wines. Pioneering vision, deep knowledge, respect for the vineyards, and obsession with quality, once embodied by Livio Felluga himself, have been proudly carried out by the company over the years.
Today, the family-owned winery is led by Livio’s son, Andrea Felluga. Known for producing lush, crisp and well-balanced wines, the winery’s reputation extends well beyond the region of Friuli and its wines are recognized in a class with the most esteemed producers from around the world.
A variety originally from France, sauvignon was introduced into Friuli under the Hapsburgs and became widely planted in the early 20th century. The wine is refreshing and captivating, with a generously wide, distinctive range of aromas, with notes of exotic fruit, yellow pepper, tomato leaf, mint and box hedge notes. It’s a traditional wine from Friuli.
The grapes are carefully destemmed and left to macerate for a short period. Next, the fruit is soft crushed. The must obtained is then allowed to settle. The now-clarified must ferments in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine is left on the lees in the stainless steel containers for six months. The bottled wine is aged in temperature-controlled binning cellars for a minimum of two months.
On the nose, the Sauvignon 2021 is very intense, complex and polished. It opens on delicate hints of boxwood, tomato leaf and yellow peppers, then explodes with floral notes of elder, broom, acacia flowers, lime and vanilla. This is followed by fruity hints of peaches, cedar, pineapple, lychees and passion fruit, finishing on pleasant sensations of herbs, ginger, sage, peppermint and flint. On the palate, a beautifully fresh and very stylish flavor profile. Tangy and harmonious. Complex and generous mouthfeel, with hints of citrus and tropical fruit. A lingering finish supported by well-balanced acidity, it closes on a captivating mineral and balsamic note.
Excellent as an aperitif, Sauvignon is also an outstanding complement to asparagus, vegetable soups, legume soups and marinated fish. Best served between 54°F and 57°F.
Varietals: 100% Sauvignon
Wine Alcohol: 13%
Soil Composition: Marl and sandstone flysch of Eocene origin