VIGNE DEL MALINA CABERNET FRANC 2013
CABERNET FRANC｜FRIULI-VENEZIA GIULIA
A smooth, fragrant, plummy Cabernet Franc from an organically farmed estate at the foot of the Alpine ranges in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, the far northeastern corner of Italy, bordering Slovenia.
Surprised that Cab Franc grows in Italy? In fact Bordeaux varieties (like this Cabernet Franc) have a long history here; they do well in the warmer pockets of this mountainous region such as at Vigne del Malina. This hilly, rugged corner of Italy produces serious, delicious reds with character, a sense of place, and value.
Vigne del Malina sits at the wine glass-shaped confluence of two rivers––the Malina and the Ellero. Everything here is done naturally and by hand, from the harvests to the winemaking––nothing artificial in sight. Aging here is key; they do not release a wine until they deem it to be ready. In this case, the wine rested in big Slavonian oak barrels (called botte) for thirty months, and refined a further two years in bottle before release.
The result is a wine smelling of freshly ground coffee, plum, green peppercorn, Morello cherry, and dried tobacco, with an alpine freshness to the dry, velvety smooth finish. Lip smacking and aromatic, a fitting partner for merguez, braised beef-tomato stew, or the local Prosciutto San Daniele.
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