My cellar is well stocked, but I don't keep a large selection of white wines, so I was very excited to receive as a gift an impressive looking bottle (a solid bottle, with the label embossed on the glass) of Italian white wine to enjoy over the holidays.
The Attems winery is an estate in the Friuli region of Italy, and recently established a relationship with the Frescobaldis of Tuscan fame. The 2004 Attems Cicinis is a blend of Sauvignon, Tocai and Pinot Bianco, and was a lovely, deep golden colour (almost amber). Very aromatic, the wine showed nice floral and fruit (apple, grapefruit) aromas, as well as some very oaky, buttery, toasty aromas. It was rich, and interesting, I thought it resembled a new world chardonnay. On the palate it was rich, silky, buttery, with very nice balance and light acidity. It was a heavy white that paired well with salmon and some heavy/diverse holiday fare, but perhaps the light acidity might make it a better wine to enjoy on its own? A crowd pleaser for sure, ready now.
Cost: A gift, but fancy Italian bottles tend towards pricey ...