I Clivi with Giannoni Selections
Join our good wine friend Andrea through a selection of small Italian wine producers. Everything in the Giannoni portfolio is biodynamic and sustainable and, of course, super tasty.
This time around, Andrea's bringing along the fantastic wines of I Clivi
We pride ourselves on our Italian wine selection, and we were floored when we tried I Clivi for the first time. It's been a standard on our shelves ever since, and we're featuring four of their spectacular wines for our tasting, Ribolla Giala, Friulano, RBL, and Galea Rosso.
I Clivi finds its home in Friuli in the commune of Corno di Rosazzo, nestled into the northeast of Italy, about five kilometers from the Slovenian border. Led by two brothers,Ferdinando and Mario Zanusso, I Clivi tends to twelve hectares of old vines witha focus on indigenous varietals as well as the French Merlot, which made its way to the region over one hundred years ago.
Here, I Clivi, which takes its name from the slopes that dot the Friuli region, focuses on natural expression of their wines-- no new oak is ever used in the aging of the wines, only stainless steel vats- so that the clearest expression of the wine can shine through.
Ribolla Gialla is native to the Colli Orientali region of Italy, and neighboring Slovenia where it's called Rebula. Known for its rich structure and bracing acidity, this Ribolla Gialla sees 6 months on the lees, lending extra texture to the notes of apricot and tangerine.
Friulano is the other indigenous grape that is highly regarded in the Colli Orientali region, with more herbal undertones and notes of almonds on the finish. The I Clivi Friulano also sees 6 months on the lees, giving the wine a more fleshy fruit sensation.
The Galea Rosso, while made with the non-indigenous Merlot, is sourced from single vineyards that Ferdinando and Mario affectionately designate as Crus. Galea is one such vineyard, and the Merlot vines here go back about 70 years. The wine is certified organic, and sees about 10 months of aging in used oak barrels.
RBL wasn't the first wine we fell in love with (that honor falls on the Friulano), but it's sure a Bacco's store favorite now. Done in the "Brut Nature" style, there is only 1.6g/liter of sugar, but the wine is nevertheless marked by a nice body with fresh citrus.