i Clivi 2015 'Clivi Galea' Friulano, Friuli Colli Orientali DOP

i Clivi 2015 'Clivi Galea' Friulano, Friuli Colli Orientali DOP

Item Number: 12487

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Sub Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Appellation/AVA: Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Galea Vineyard
Vintage: 2015
Grape(s): 100% Friulano (fka Tocai Friulano)
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Flysch (marl and sandstone)
Case Production: 250

Winemaking Notes: Grapes are manually harvested. Whole clusters are gently pressed in order to extract only the first and cleanest part of the must, which is immediately pumped to a stainless steel vat where most solids and heavy parts decant overnight. In the morning, the upper part is racked off the bottom to another stainless steel tank. Fermentation occurs spontaneously with native yeast. The Galea Friulano matures on its fine lees for 24 months to avoid reductive effects and to gain the stabilization and anti-oxidative benefits that these natural components bring. The wine is bottled with a light filtration, meant only to eliminate the cloudiness brought by the floating lees. The total SO2 is 50 mg/L.

Tasting Notes: Galea Friulano shows deep and earthy aromas. Expect a wide palate showcasing almonds, sunburned stones, honey, and anice. The longer lees maturation drives the wine's aromatic expression from primary, variety-related aromas to a deeper, more terroir-driven character.

Vineyard Notes: Galea is one of i Clivi's two vineyard crus. Galea is located in Corno di Rosazzo along the Slovenian border. The vineyard is planted to 70-year-old vines.

Brazan Friulano vs Galea Friulano: The two wines are made with the same grape variety and mostly the same vinification techniques (18 months on lees versus 24 months); the only difference is the terroir. Drier and sun-kissed, the Galea Vineyard has earthy flavors and a minerality of baked stones. Humid and with a greater diurnal variation, the Brazan Vineyard has hydrocarbonic aromas and a minerality of salty sea air.

93+pts (2016 Vintage) Vinous 1/8/2020
"Hints of diesel fuel, ripe pear, chamomile and flowers. Rich, clean and very well balanced, with hints of menthol, stone and orchard fruit. Finishes long with an earthy component. Spent two years on the lees but its intense herbal streak is buffered nicely by the depth of fruit presence. A knockout Friulano that speaks well of its Colli Orientali terroir. A single vineyard wine. The name Galea derives from a toponym of the area."

92pts (2016 Vintage) Wine Advocate 2/11/2021
"A pure expression of Friulano, the 2016 Friuli Colli Orientali Clivi Galea is a streamlined wine overall, although it expands elegantly to a more ample mid-weight texture in the mouth. The wine's elegant texture gives support to Golden Delicious apple, white peach and minty honeydew melon. Subtle creamy notes of almond and pastry add extra layers of complexity. This release of 3,000 bottles should withstand a generous drinking window, although you may want to open one now with a sinful appetizer of liver crostini."


  • Vinous
    Rating: 93 (1/26/2021)

    The 2015 Friulano Galea is rich and sumptuous in the glass, opening up with ripe musky peach and apricot, underscored by notes of sweet brown spice and almond paste. The textures are silky, nearly oily at times, yet balanced and refreshingly soothing, giving way to ripe orchard fruits and sweet herbal nuances. It’s wonderfully floral through the close, with a subtle tug of residual acids and minerals making for a thoroughly satisfying experience from start to finish.