By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/6/2016 | Send Email
Of the three important DOC zones in Friuli, the Colli Orientali del Friuli (graciously referred to as COF) is the most northerly. Its best vineyards sit on U-shaped glacial moraines that offer slope to the otherwise flat glaciations of the rest of the region. This is the 17th vintage for us importing the wines of Ermacora. I originally went looking for inexpensive Pinot Grigio but came away in awe of their Pinot Bianco and Friulano. Friulano is appropriately the “National Drink” of Friuli, it’s what they have with breakfast, break-time, lunch, break-time, after-work cocktail, pre-dinner cocktail…well, you get the idea. It isn’t a varietal that has a super definitive aromatic signature like, say, Sauvignon or Gewurz, but for me its emblematic feature is a coupling of richness and just a hint of tarragon in the finish. This is a versatile wine and made for food: the Friulian cuisine has a lot of eastern European influence, both spice and substance-wise. Lots of egg dishes, spiced meat and onion dishes, polenta and of course Frico: Frico is fried cheese, Montasio cheese is the best to use but it crisps up perfectly into a crunchy treat, especially with Friulano.
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