I Clivi - R_B_L__ Brut Nature 2018
From the importer -
Certified organic. 100% Ribolla Gialla. From marl and sandstone soils in the Gramogliano Hills of the Udine Province, near the Slovenian border. Secondary fermentation is Macro-Pétillant Nature. The salt of sea air, the acidity of a lemon. Clean, dry, neat and sharp. 416 cases produced.
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 philosop...