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I Clivi "Galea"  1997, D.O.C. Collio Orientali del Friuli. **HERITAGE WINE**

Colour: intense yellow with a hint of green.
Nose:  moderately expressive, mature, with earthy impressions of herbs, spices, some smoke, subtle and complex nuances of nuts and minerals, some creamy and caramel / vanilla nuances, no wood but sweet ageing nuances.  Very fresh, clean and mineral, not expressively fruity.  Very intriguing, subtle and complex.
Taste:  dry, scintillating freshness, quite full-bodied, powerful, intense, even compact, with loads of understated herby nuances, minerals and earthy, nutty impressions with a nice touch of bitterness, outstanding purity and impressive balance. Intense and strong and at the same time restrained and subtle, a both rare and beautiful experience.
Finish: long, intense, fanning out, with minerals, a subtle bitterness, mature nuances such as nuts and spices, excellent freshness and purity, excellent balance.

* An impressive and rare wine: restrained, very intense, complex, subtle and mature, mainly earthy nuances of herbs nuts, spices and minerals, combined with a scintillating freshness and an outstanding purity. A wine from another era, a hidden treasure of classical excellence.

- Drink this wine somewhere between now and  2006, maybe 2007. At this moment the wine already shows some age, but it may keep up some years.

- 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, elegance, freshness, complexity, 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 75%, Verduzzo Friulano 17% and others 8%) 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 ( ca. 25 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 2213

- tasted: 23-11-’04

- estimated retail price ca. 22 euro

- production: 15.000 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: