This is interesting. And we like ‘interesting’ here. [And I’m not using ‘interesting’ in the typical British sense, which is when a grower shows you a bad wine you politely say ‘interesting’ when really you mean it’s a bit crap but you are too polite to say it.] It’s a Friulian red made from a variety that goes under the extended name of Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, which as the name suggests is distinctive in that it has red stems. This suggests that anthocyanins are expressed in the stems, which would be highly unusual. A google image search doesn’t suggest this is the case: maybe they are just a red/brown colour. This aside, it’s a very nice wine.
Eugenio Collavini Refosco ‘Pucino’ 2013 Friuli Colli Orientali, Italy
12.5% alcohol. Fresh and vivid with black cherry fruit and a supple, silky texture as well as some floral interest. There’s some gravelly grip on the finish. A really nicely balanced, fresh, pure red that’s a half way house between an elegant Bordeaux and a ripe Burgundy. 90/100 (£13.95 Noel Young, Wine Direct)
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