Massimo Di Lenardo has a great determination and clear stylistic ideas for his wines. This clear vision has made him quickly become one of the most respected figures in Friuli, producing benchmark wines that are remarkably affordable. Massimo's ancestors began cultivating grapes in the 1800s. Since 1987 Massimo has made wines exclusively from his own hand harvested vineyards, now planted with densities at between 4,500 and 6,500 plants per hectare with consequently very low yields
Di Lenardo Friulano Toh 2013
A soft-textured Friulano with apple, peach and light spice character. Medium-bodied, with rich fruit flavors and a salty mineral finish. Lots going on. The region of Friuli is located in the extreme Northeast part of the country. From the beginning of 2008 the name Tocai Friulano was officially banned from wine labels exported from Italy, requiring an entirely new name for wines made from this popular grape variety in the north east Italian region of Friuli. The Hungarians have successfully argued that there is a danger of confusion of the tangy pale dry whites made from the vine variety previously known as Tocai Friulano with Tokaji, long spelt Tokay, the legendary golden dessert wine of north east Hungary. Instead the Friuli producers have reluctantly shuffled towards the possibility of calling the wine simply Friulano, the least disliked alternative name! – jancis robinson.