Vibrant Whites from Friuli

The northeastern corner of Italy delivers wines of structure and purity
From the Oct 15, 2013, issue

Looking down from the Rosazzo Abbey, the heart of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia lays at your feet. Mountains rise behind you to the north and the Adriatic Sea is a blurry haze to the south. Hillside vineyards that make up the area's top appellations, Collio and Friuli Colli Orientali (formerly Colli Orientali del Friuli), form an amphitheater around a plain that is home to tranquil towns and the Isonzo river. The northeastern Italian region of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia is vibrant yet little-explored, words that could also be applied to its wines. Wine Spectator's Alison Napjus explains.

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