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Clivi "Brazan"  2003, D.O.C. Collio Goriziano  **HERITAGE WINE**

Color: intense yellow, with a hint of green.
Nose:  medium expressive, fresh, with a myriad of impressions of  (polishing) wax, flowers, herbs, some honey, quince, green apples, minerals, in the distance dried fruit, some raisins, pineapple, green twigs, subtle nuts, a whiff of camphor, very subtle, refined, with depth and complexity, also very clean and with a pure core of  freshness, intensity and richness. Great wine with unique style.
Taste:  great intensity, dry, very fresh, even piquant, but also round and compact, with a concentrated core of pure and clear nuances of minerals, herbs, some green bark, subtle nuts, flowers, some white fruit (apples), elegant, refined, with depth and length, great wine with strong character. Excellent balance.
Finish: very, very long, fanning-out, intense, exceptionally fresh and powerful, lots of minerals, herbs, earthy nuances, green bark, clean and pure. Excellent balance, impressive!

* A great, exceptional wine, loaded with subtle and pure impressions of minerals, herbs, flowers, fruit (quince, apples), nuts, honey, etc. combined with and impressive freshness, great intensity, depth, refinement, complexity, impeccable purity and an excellent balance. This wine has a unique character and shows there is a whole world of breathtaking aroma's to be discovered next to those from Chardonnay, Sauvignon and even Viognier. A great classic that you should taste at least once in your (wine)life.

- Drink between  now and 2011 - 2013, maybe a bit later, but I am not sure how long this wine will live.

- Compared with the other "Brazan" vintages 2003 yielded a stronger, richer and less severe wine. There is as much power, there is almost as much acidity, but the whole structure shows a tad more wealth. It may be a bit less characteristic than those wines from the more normal, less hot vintages, but Brazan seems to be not much affected by the heat. Old vines really are much better equipped against stress: their root system is much more profoundly developed. Another argument for conserving "old plots". 
This wine comes from another world. It is so different from the mainstream high quality wines so fashionable today. There is no sexy oak, no obvious fruit, no expressive character. This wine is all about terroir, complexity, freshness, purity and aromatic restraint. This wine is not made to please the crowd, it is an honest and devoted expression of the unfashionable (indigenous) grapes (Tocai Friulano 66%, Malvasia Istriana 25% and others 9%) the climate and the sloping vineyards of the "Collio" zone of Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Northern Italy.  Crafted from old vines (>40 years old up to more than 60)  with very low yields (< 28 hl/ha) cold fermented with its own vineyards' yeast cultures with subsequent malolactic fermentation, matured in inox tanks on its own lees for 2 years, no racking or filtration. This is a wine as natural and original as you can get. No make-up of maceration préfermentaire or wood is used, this is pure grape juice transformed into wine.

see also: opinion 5

- lotnr.: L 8111

- tasted: 23-01-’08

- estimated retail price ca. € 21,=

- production: ca. 10.000 bottles

- Azienda Agricola I Clivi, Mr. Ferdinando Zanusso, Loc. Gramogliano 20, 33040 Corno di Rosazzo (UD) Italia, tel.: + 39-0432 753429,  fax.: + 39-0432 752263,  e-mail: ; web site: