2021 I Clivi '80 Anni' Malvasia
"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
90/100 Vinous, Eric Guido
"The 2021 Malvasia Ottantanni opens in the glass with a bouquet that reminds me of a fresh spring morning: dew on new grass, freshly bloomed flowers, wet stone and citrus zests. This is pleasantly sweet yet expertly balanced by juicy acidity as ripe orchard fruits and honeyed inner florals settle upon the senses. It finishes spicy and crisp with a savory twang that lingers on. The Ottantanni is remarkably pretty, hailing from eighty-year-old vines. Drink 2023-2028"
93+/100 Vinous, Eric Guido (2020 Vintage)
"This is rich, almost weighty and creamy in feel, yet suspended by brisk acids and citrus-tinged orchard fruits that balance the expression nicely. Inner floral perfumes resonate throughout the long finale as hints of sour melon leave a lasting impression. I love the contrasts here. As the name implies, the Vigna 80 Anni is made from Malvasia Istriana vines that are now over 80 years old. As good as this is today, it will only get better." Drink 2023 - 2030
|2022 - 2030
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