Friuli Colli Orientali DOC
Ripe apple, almond, peach and lavender aromas. Ripe honeyed green apple, fresh pineapple, mint and pea flavours. Lovely as a food or aperitivo wine. 13%
Colli Orientali means ‘Eastern Hills’, it is a DOC that extends to the north of the Collio. The wines of the Friuli are usually bottled by grape variety and this means some producers are making over a dozen different wines, often in tiny quantities and that is exactly the case when considering Christian Patat’s ouput.
Christian is a keen exponent of expressing the vineyard (terroir) and the grape variety, he doesn’t seem to be too fazed by the insanity and labour-intensity of the vendemmia that this commitment causes him each year.
I find the Vini di Jacopo wines truly fascinating: they are a movable feast, each wine is an opportunity seized from any surplus grapes of Ronco del Gnezis, sometimes from Miani and always from quality Friulano grown in the communes of San Zuan , Buttrio and Rosazzo. These are butterfly wines, always changing and always beautiful.
Friulano is a relative of Sauvignon Blanc; once known as Tocai, it is also known outside Italy as Sauvignonasse, this grape has evolved from the workhorse to thoroughbred of the Friuli region.