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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
TASTING: Livio Felluga (Friuli), Toronto September 25, 2009
The Time and Date: Friday, September 25, 2009
The Event: Tasting of Livio Felluga (Friuli) red and white wines.
The Venue: Fine Wine Reserve
The Target Audience: wine media, private clients of the agent Le Sommelier, clients of the FWR.
The Availability/Catalogue: we tasted seven wines, all private order except one.
The Quote/Background: The Livio Felluga estate, founded in the mid-1950s, has 160 hillside hectares under vine, with an annual production of some 750,000 bottles. It was one of Italy's first sustainable wineries. Livio is now 95, and still helps.
The Wines: All prices are licensee, and all wines come in six packs.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Livio Felluga Illivio Colli Orientali del Friuli 2007, $49.35 pinot bianco, chardonnay, and picolit, barrel fermentation and storage in small French oak.
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Livio Felluga Vertigo Venezia Giulia IGT 2007, $27.50 merlot and cabernet sauvignon.
-Livio Felluga Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso Colli Orientali del Friuli 2006, $50.83.
-Livio Felluga Sharis delle Venezie IGT 2008, $27.50 chardonnay and ribolla gialla
-Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio Colli Orientali del Friuli 2008, $36.91 Consignment.
*** Three Stars (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Livio Felluga Friuliano Colli Orientali del Friuli 2008, $37.95
-Livio Felluga Sauvignon Colli Orientali del Friuli 2008, $36.91
The Food: charcuterie, cheese, breads.
The Downside: I had just come from a huge LCBO Vintages pre-release tasting.
The Upside: a chance to taste some very fine wines.