2018 I Clivi Friulano San Lorenzo
Friulano (Tocai Friulano)
"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
92/100 Vinous, Eric Guido
"The 2018 Friulano San Lorenzo is a feminine and understated wine that impresses most with its wonderfully refreshing floral and mineral tones. It shows depths of silky textures which glide across the palate with ease, showing noticeable inner sweetness framed by brisk acids and subtle gingery spice. Tension builds through the finale where youthful structure lurks beneath flowery perfumes. The 2018 could use another year or two to flesh out a bit. The eighty-year-old vines used to produce the San Lorenzo grow in marl and sandstone soils. The wine then spends twelve months refining on the lees in stainless steel." Drink 2022 - 2028
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