"Bartender, I'll have a glass of you finest Refosco" ... yep, don't hear that much.
Tonight's obscure grape in my Drive for One Hundred was made from Refosco, a red grape native to northern Italy. Technically it was a "Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso", which is a sub-variety found in Friuli. The 2005 Eugenio Collavini "Pucino", from the Isonzo del Friuli DOC, had a nose of spicy wet wood, smokey currants, grenadine and some dried oregano lurking in the background - some nail polish/solvent notes, but in an attractive way. Light-bodied with decent acidity, delicate tannins and a gravelly palate - fresh and well-balanced, intriguing but uncomplex. Kinda Beaujolais-esqe, but more woodsy, it was very food friendly and might work in white wine situations. It would be neat to blind this in a flight of Beaujolais...hmmm
cork. 13% alcohol
Price: C$17.60 (SAQ)