Italy’s 10 leading fine white wines7th February, 2013 by Rupert Millar
6. Miani Colli Orientali del Friuli Tocai Friulano Buri
Grape variety: Friulano
Classification: Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC
Average price per bottle: £36
Back to the north-east for this wine and a wine which drove Galloni to rapture. He gave the 2009 95 points, picking out its “kaleidoscopic fabric of finely-knit honeyed apricots, jasmine and crushed rocks,” as well as its “supremely harmonious finish”.
He describes winemaker Enzio Pontoni as being “on another planet” and in the best years his wines “have no peers in Italy”.
Friulano is other wise known as Sauvignon Vert and, as with several grapes, some Hungarian origins have been claimed, perhaps with Furmint, hence the “Tocai” appendage, but this is disputed.
The grape does, however, share many characteristics, particularly the honeyed, waxy flavours that develop with a little age.
It is one of the most widely planted varieties in the region although the better known Pinot Grigio, mass produced but perennially popular, has stolen a lot of the limelight.