2010 Macauley Tocai Friulano


2010 Macauley Tocai Friulano

$27.95 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt

Gary’s Notes: We love finding unique wines for our club members. . .wines made from grapes that are new even to us; wines made is such small lots you’ll seldom have the opportunity to taste them.  The Macauley Tocai Friulano could be our poster child.  I had never heard of the grape. . .perhaps because there are only two vineyards in Napa producing it—and the Nihelini Vineyard from where these grapes were sourced dates back to 1946. . .that’s “old vine” baby!  This stuff is very dry and crisp with a stiff mineral core.  We hope you love it, and if you do, better getcha sum because when it’s gone, it’s gone!  P.S.  Kirk Venge is one of the young turks of Napa from a winemaking dynasty.

Winery Tasting Notes:  “Tocai Friulano, or simply Friulano as we refer to it, is a seldom-seen wine in Napa Valley. . .or the US for that matter.  It is also known as Sauvignon Vert and Muscadelle.  It is an incredibly interesting varietal that unfortunately hides in the shadow of more popular whites like Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.  This wine is as refreshing as the day is long! It begins with a very pale, straw color.  The nose is packed with the type of nervous minerality you get from cold, wet river stones.  As the wine warms up, new but delicate aromas of dried apricot and pear come forward.  The palate speaks further to the minerality of the wine, based in part from both the varietal characteristics and aging in stainless steel and concrete egg.  Flavors are nothing short of savory and delicious.  Perfect for the heat and flavor of the summertime, this vibrant white yearns for prosciutto melon, sautéed scallops or raw oysters on the half shell.”  –Kirk Venge, Winemaker

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