Expert's Choice: Friuli reds

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The dramatic reds of Friuli are defined by terroir, says Emily O’Hare, who selects 18 of the best. Many are ‘masterful food wines’, which can be enjoyed young. See Emily's top picks here...
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I Clivi, Merlot, Friuli Colli Orientali 2003
A mature wine, all forest fruit and forest floor on the nose. The palate is an interplay of lights and darks, high notes and low bass notes. Tannins have real presence, and combined with the mature, complex flavour profile, there is much of interest in this wine. 18/20pts (93/100pts)
Price £17.50 Lea & Sandeman
Drink 2013–2018
Alc 13.5%