In a nutshell: A fuller than normal, quite complex and sublty aromatic white from north east Italy.
The lowdown: Friuli, in the region of Italy above Venice is the home the Friuliano grape. Often it's a quite light bodied wine, but here Paolo Tomasella has given it a couple of months ageing on its lees which gives it some welcome extra oomph and some more layers of flavour. The aromas are honeyed with a hint of acacia blossom while on the palate flavours are of ripe pears and apples with a good balancing acidity. On the finish it rounds off with a hint of almonds.
When to drink: While it makes great aperitif wine it's a good deal more than just a glugger and it'll match very well with antipasti, charcuterie and poultry dishes.
The beautiful Tenute Tomasella winery sits near the village of Portobuffolè on the borders of the regions of Friuli and Veneto in north east Italy, between the DOC Friuli Grave and the DOC Piave. In many ways they benefit from the influence of both areas that have very different geographical and cultural characteristics and traditions.
Established in 1965 by the Tomasella family, their passion for producing great wine has been handed down from generation to generation, the current custodian being Paolo Tomasella. In total the estate covers 150 hectares in the Friuli and Veneto regions, 30 hectares of which (23 in Veneto and 7 in Friuli) are under vines.,This enables the winery to fully exploit the best characteristics of the two different terroirs.