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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Friulano, name adopted for sauvignonasse in the early 21st century in friuli for the region’s leading white wine variety once known, to the fury of Hungarians, as Tocai Friulano. Total plantings have been slowly declining but were 2,911 ha/7,193 acres according to the 2010 vine census, in all major doc zones (colli orientali, collio, grave del friuli, and isonzo). Buttrio, Manzano, and Rosazzo in the Colli Orientali, and the areas between Cormons and Brazzano, between Brazzano and Dolegna, and Capriva di Friuli in the Collio DOC are classic subzones. The wine itself is light in colour and body, floral in aroma, and has pronounced green almond notes. It is designed to be drunk young.