Updated: Dec 5, 2019
Friuli Colli Orientali DOC, Italia
I haven't found a white wine that appeals me yet. This £35 bottle is not an acceptation. The nectar comes from the Colli Orientali DOC in Friuli Venezia Giulia, northeast Italy. Being a hilly area, the area is famous for premium and more concentrated bianchi. Illivio is a blend of Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Picolit (local grape mostly used for the production of sweet wines). After the barrel fermentation the wine ages on the lees for about 10 months in small oak barrels, and then it undergoes a not well-specified period of bottle ageing. Salute!
In the glass the wine has a lemon colour. The intensity is medium. It is clear with no traces of deposits.
The aromas intensity is medium. After swirling, you can smell peach and nectarine. There is also a hint of honeysuckle and chamomile. The lemon peel and wet stone give more sharpness to the aromatic palette. As secondary aromas, we can find the dough and bread (due to the lees ageing). The bottle ageing develops tertiary flavours as honey and nutty,
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity. The alcohol is medium (13.5%). Both flavour intensity and finish are medium plus. On the palate, in addition to the already mentioned aromas, there is also a hint of apple.
The wine is undoubtedly well made but it is boring. It is like sitting in a Prius on a desert highway.
Final vote: 86
Price: £35 at Whole Foods