New White Wines From Off The Beaten Path
Livio Felluga Friulano – “The winery was founded in 1956, after Livio Felluga relocated from his native Istria, but the family’s winemaking traditions date back to the mid-19th century. Now in his 90s, founder and patriarch Livio Felluga is accredited with innovating and mastering modern wine making in Italy. His reputation for creating exceptionally lush, crisp and well-balanced wines extends well beyond the region of Friuli. His wines are recognized the world over as the finest in their categories.
The 500-acre Livio Felluga Estate includes 370 acres of rolling hillside vineyards in the Collio and Colli Orientali del Friuli. Friuli’s temperate climate, protected by the Alps to the north and moderated by the Adriatic Sea to the south is a winemaker’s dream. The sparse soil of marl and calcareous deposits is ideal for the white varieties, and also for their complex red wines.
Felluga does not believe in undistinguished, homogenous wine styles, but rather focuses on subtle, elegant expressions of wines made from grapes which have been grown in Friuli for centuries. Balance and clarity are the hallmarks of these wines, with minimum influence from oak and maximum freshness.”
100% Friulano – Bright yellow with wonderful greenish hues. Vigorous herbaceous and mineral notes on the nose; a concoction of citrus peel aromas, hints of vanilla, liquorice, tropical fruits and spice with floral notes. A well-balanced palate, full and complex with good acidity, a typical bitter almond aftertaste and a pleasant balsamic note on the long finish.
Palmina Arneis – Palmina produces a full range of wines crafted from Italian varietals grown in Santa Barbara County, California. Palmina is not trying to emulate the Italian versions of those wines, but rather translate the history of those grapes to the growing conditions and vineyard sites of the very unique characteristics of Santa Barbara County. The wines are Italian by inspiration with flavors rooted in Santa Barbara, and all are intended to be a delicious component of a meal.
100% Arneis – How can one resist opening a bottle of wine whose varietal name translates to “whimsical”? Arneis is an ancient grape that hails from the Roero hills of Italy’s Piedmont region. Also translated as “rascally” or “a little crazy”, Arneis has a reputation of being a difficult and ornery grape to grow – one that will first test the patience of the grower and then the winemaker. But behind willfulness often lies artistic genius, and so it is with Arneis’ impetuous nature. Arneis is a delightful aperitif, but also a wine with enough body and personality to hold its own with a wide range of strongly flavored food – prosciutto, pesto, grilled seafood… Arneis is also a white wine that will continue to evolve with a few years of cellar aging. Serve just chilled.
Chateau De Chantegrive – In 1966 Henri and Françoise Lévêque acquired a few plots of vines in the commune of Podensac. After 40 years patiently adding more plots, Château de Chantegrive is today one of the largest and most prestigious estates in the Graves appellation with 240 acres of vines. It is a member of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux. A new generation has now arrived and with its energy and committed involvement within the winegrowing world, has injected renewed impetus into the estate.
Graves – A leading estate in the southern Graves region, Chantegrive has produced a relatively rich white, its creamy texture given an edge by apple skin tannins, but still full, open, already generous to drink. There is a great layer of fresh pear juice, which blends well with lime acidity for a final burst of crispness.