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WTN: Livon Collio Tocai Friulano 2005

by Hoke » Tue Dec 19, 2006 8:39 pm

I wanted to be impressed with this wine more than I was.

I like the owners, and admire what they are trying to do with their vineyards. I've really liked their special bottling in the past, the Ronc di Zorz.

I even served it the right way, as an accompaniment to sauteed scallops with cilantro, green onions and lime segments (which was excellent, btw).

It was okay enough: good varietal character (of the grape that dare not call its name further), with some notes of almond, flowers and fruit, mostly ripe peach. But it just didn't seem to go anywhere. Wasn't any zing to it. Wasn't crisp or acid driven...but that's okay for a Tocai Friulano as long as there's some salty/mineral/herbal element. or, failing that, a fleshy roundness to plump up the body and fill up the mouth. But this one had none of those things for me.

It was pleasant, but not much more than that. Unassertive. And I had expected more.

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