Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Drive for One Hundred: 2005 Eugenio Collavini Pucino

"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
Score: 16/20
Price: C$17.60 (SAQ)


Edward said...

What number is this one?

Aussies (at least some cricketers) are very suspicious of the number 87 (13 before 100). . .

Joe said...

Hi Ed, it has not been that easy to track - still uncovering some grapes in old notes (Tintilia, Colorino...)- but I think this was number 90 - I have a few more tasted, notes are in development. Crazy trying to track this stuff down!