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I Clivi "Galea"  1999, D.O.C. Collio Orientali del Friuli . **HERITAGE WINE**

Colour:  light yellow with some green.
Nose:  a bit restrained, some spices with a wealth of subtle and refined nuances of minerals, a touch of buttermilk, some herbs, and flowers, crystal clear, impressively pure and fine, with great balance, super clean aroma's not unlike Chablis, with a characteristic subtle bitterness, perfectly mature.
Taste:  even finer than the nose: very fresh, round, mild, but very well knit together and intense, some creaminess, some bitters, herbs, and a dazzling amount of very subtle, crystal clear mineral nuances, some nuts and fresh bread. Outstanding depth of refinement, purity, freshness and balance.
Finish: very long, very intense, fanning out, powerful, very fresh, clean and pure, complex, with a load of subtle mineral nuances. Outstanding.

* An outstanding wine of great purity, intensity, subtlety and freshness, restrained but impressively complex with a wealth of subtle mineral nuances and a purity that is both rare and delicious. Not a fashionable wine that will impress with power but a very fine wine with breed and real class. Perfectly mature now. A wine from another era, a hidden treasure of classical excellence.

- Drink this wine somewhere between now and  2007, maybe 2009. At this moment excellent, probably at its peak.

- 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. 23 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 4211

- tasted: 23-11-’04

- estimated retail price ca. 20 euro

- production: 12.500 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: