VALENTINO BUTUSSI FRUILANO DOC 2015
Straw yellow tending to pale green in appearance, this Friulano releases delicate fragrances reminiscent of wildflowers. The palate is pleasantly dry, and showcases a hint of juicy peach, sage, mint and fresh cut grass on the palate that comes together to create a complex mid-palate laced with chalky minerality, An intriguing note of bitterish almond tightens up the palate on the finish.
- Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia
- Sub-Zone: Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC
- Varietal: Friulano (100%)
- Soil: Marl and sandstone
- Altitude: 60 meters
- Alcohol: 13.0%
- Annual Production: 13,000 bottles
Production Notes: The grapes are destemmed and crushed, then the must is immediately chilled to 12°C and left in contact with the skins for 12-16 hours, so that the natural enzymes can ensure the extraction of aromatic compounds contained in the skins and enhance the structure and varietal qualities of the wine. The must is then carefully drained off the skins, gravity settled, and fermented at a controlled temperature for about 20 days. Maturation: Six months in steel casks and 2-4 months in the bottle.
Tasting Notes: Straw yellow tending to pale green in appearance, this Friulano releases delicate fragrances reminiscent of wildflowers. The palate is pleasantly dry, and showcases a hint of juicy peach, sage, mint and fresh cut grass on the palate that comes together to create a complex mid-palate laced with chalky minerality, An intriguing note of bitterish almond tightens up the palate on the finish.
Pairings: A perfect aperitif or brunch wine, the Friulano pairs well with a wide range of antipasti, with asparagus and egg dishes, and is delicious with prosciutto di San Daniele.
About Friulano: Originally known as Tocai Friulano up until 2007 when the Hungarians succeeded in winning a court battle that gave them the exclusive right to the names Tokaji, Tokay and Tocai, it is now called Friulano, which generally means “of Friuli”. The origins of the tocai grape variety are still uncertain and controversial, although it certainly has no relationship to any grape varieties in the Tokaj area of Hungary. Known for it’s fruity-turn-mineral nature, it is considered to be a distant relative of Sauvignon Blanc. Expressions range from fleshy orchard fruits, peaches and almonds, always with a zingy palate of mineral and acid.
About Valentino Butussi: A small family estate of 15 ha located in Corno di Rosazzo, within the prestigious Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC, this 100% organic winery is now run by the 4th generation of Butussi kin and focuses on pure expressions of the region’s most celebrated varietals. Friulano, Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio Ramato and Ribolla Gialla are all deeply rooted in the calcareous-rich clay marl and sandstone of the area, and are translated into the bottle with purity, complexity and elegance. Their wines have a gravitas of intensity but with a lightness and playfulness that keeps the palate refreshed.