95pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A landmark wine for the region, the Livio Felluga 2017 Rosazzo Terre Alte is a careful blend of Friulano, Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon packaged in a heavy bottle with the estate's distinctive geographic map depicted on the front label. The 2017 vintage threw some big challenges at vintners with hot summer temperatures and excessive rains in September. However, white varieties such as the ones used in this blend managed a good window for optimal ripening. The wine is deceptive, and I mean that in a good way. On first examination, the bouquet feels fruity and lean. But as the fiber of the wine settles on the palate, you are made aware of the unexpected complexity and depth delivered in a second wave. The wine rushes with intensity. Fruit, peach and honey segue to crushed sandstone and dried basil. This is a keeper.
Bright yellow, bright and intense. Th nose has great elegance and complexity. The bouquet is rich, enveloping and harmonious. Refined white flowers, jasmine and acacia blend with fruity notes of white melon, yellow peach, apricot in syrup with tropical hints of passion fruit and pineapple. The citrus scents are completed by refined creamy sensations of pastry, caramelized almond, vanilla, creme brule. Balsamic finish of cedar wood, thyme and licorice. Continuous evolution. The palate is full, vigorous and velvety attack. Excellent harmony with the perfumes and great refinement. Pleasant acidic streak. Mineral, sapid and round. The richness of tropical fruit, dried fruit and creamy notes is enhanced in the mouth by spicy hints of white pepper and cardamom. Long and persistent with elegant and round aftertaste.
Particularly suitable for fish dishes, excellent with vegetable based first courses, white meats and cheeses.