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VILLA VARDA Friulano  Friuli 2017  

Retail Price: $16

Value Rating: 2.8

Wine Factor: 0.5
Date Posted: April 9, 2018
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Scores & Value Ratings Explained

DDWA Score: 88

Good Value

A native grape to Friuli, Friulano flourishes next to the better known, better-selling Pinot Grigio grape (Villa Varda also makes a delicious Pinot Grigio for about the same price, by the way). Zippy and earthy (in a crushed white rock kind of way), the Villa Varda Friulano brings together a bright, citrus-driven fruitiness and a chalky, mineral-y earthy character. Wound up to the point of being austere, it is almost too much so. Almost, that is, as the orchard fruit, Eureka lemon andĀ grapefruit flavors “pop” on the mid-palate. This is a really nice match with fresh goat and sheep milks cheeses, salumi and prosciutto-wrapped grilled shrimp.


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