2021 I Clivi Cabernet Franc
"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
"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."
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