2021 I Clivi Cabernet Franc

91 Points John Caro
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An expressive Cabernet Franc from the hills of Udine, in the Friuli region of North-East Italy. Like Merlot, Cabernet Franc was widely planted in this area following the 19th Century phylloxera epidemic. This was sourced from some older vines in the village of Buttrio, where the moderate climate creates an aromatically complex expression of this noble grape. A unique example of a rare single varietal, this Italian Cabernet Franc is great drinking at a modest price.
$35.99 in mixed 6+ or $40.99 per bottle


Cabernet Franc

Its Origins

"Ferdinando Zanusso founded I Clivi when he returned to Italy after thirty years and three different careers in Africa, including a stint in the United Nation’s World Food Program. His son Mario joined just after its inception and is involved in all aspects of the farm. Together they seek the fullest expression of their highly reputed terroir in Friuli’s esteemed Colli Orientali del Friuli and Collio growing districts. What distinguishes I Clivi from their peers are their devastatingly low yields, steep terrain, and old vines that range from sixty to eighty years of age. It is not surprising that their soils of calcareous clay, or ponca in local dialect, have been noted for their similarities to Burgundy’s Côte d’Or and organic farming goes without saying for vineyards of this caliber and rigor. All work in the cellar follows similar principles and attention to detail. Hand-harvested bunches are pressed very gently at Champagne levels so to squeeze only the purest must, a philosophy that sets the stage for the superb quality of the finished wines. Using only stainless steel vats for the white wines, the Zanusso’s produce wines of precision and definition without the interference of maceration or prolonged contact with the skin." — Coeur Wine Co

What The Critics Say

Winemaker notes

"From old vines rooted in a sandstone-marl mixture known locally as ponca. Fermented on native yeasts and aged only in stainless steel, it offers tremendous purity of fruit balanced perfectly with the earthier, spicy notes that often dominate Cabernet Franc wines. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and currants mix with smoky traces, humus and violet, with a delicately herbaceous background and a salty finish."

Variety Cabernet Franc
Region Friuli
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Maturity 2022 - 2026

This Wine Goes Well With

with BBQ
with LAMB
with PORK



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