i Clivi 2015 'Clivi Brazan' Friulano, Collio DOC

i Clivi 2015 'Clivi Brazan' Friulano, Collio DOC

Item Number: 12489

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Sub Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Appellation/AVA: Collio DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Brazan 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
Residual Sugar(g/L): <2 g/L
Total Acidity: 5.1 g/L
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 Brazan Friulano matures on its fine lees for 18 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. 30 mg/L of SO2 are added. The total SO2 is 55 mg/L.

Tasting Notes: Brazan Friulano shows peach flowers, pink grapefruit, anice, hydrocarbons, and petrol. The palate is profound, dense and intense. The longer lees maturation drives the wine's aromatic expression from primary, variety-related aromas to a deeper, more terroir-driven character.

Vineyard Notes: Brazan is one of i Clivi's two vineyard crus. Brazan is located in Gorizia along the Slovenian border. The vineyard is planted to 80-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
"Wild, soil-accented nose combines apple, grapefruit, ripe pear, crushed stone, juniper, and shiso leaf. Broad, concentrated and perfumed, with captivating notes of stone, sage and wild fennel. Closes dense, bracing and long, boasting real flavor authority. Spent two years on the lees; in this and the other single vineyard wines by I Clivi, it is the terroir that stands out more than the grape variety. Made from a single vineyard in the Collio; Brazzano is the Italian name of a specific area within the Collio."

92pts (2016 Vintage) Wine Advocate 2/11/2021
"Here is another special selection of Friulano from I Clivi di Ferdinando Zanusso. The 2016 Collio Gorizano Clivi Brazan opens to a pretty mineral note that is also present in the Clivi Galea, but it feels sharper and more focused here. That inner sense of linearity is nicely matched to the wine's soft aromas of orchard fruit, quince and pear. This estate certainly shows a deft hand when it comes to the Friulano grape, and pays special attention to its most elegant side. It's a nice choice for scallops."