Friuli Venezia Giulia
Cabernet Franc Collio DOP 2018 – Kurtin
Elegant wine from the Collio DOC area in Friuli, in North East Italy. The characteristic herbaceous flavor combined with a moderate freshness make this Cabernet Franc a great wine. Red fruit aromas and well balanced tannins on the palate, alongside a long lingering finish.
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With more than a century of history and tradition, Azienda Agricola Kurtin , has recently had a new start with Ulisse Bellesso, Alessio Kurtin and Isacco Curtarello. New ambitions for the future, always in the constant search for improvement while maintaining its local identity. Kurtin can use the Collio DOP denomination on their wines which is one of the best area of production for international grape varieties as Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. However in this area white grapes have found their best growing area, as the native Ribolla Gialla and Friulano Grape.
It’s a black-skinned grape variety, one of the major black grape varieties worldwide, that produce a medium-bodied red wine whose origins likely lie in the Basque country of France. The wine is loved for its savory and its medium-high. It is an ideal pairing wine with a wide variety of foods due to their natural high acidity and slightly reduced tannin.
France is the largest producer with the famous “Right Bank” Bordeaux blend features Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and also The Loire Valley is specializes but as a single-varietal wine.
Italy is the second largest producer, much of it is made in Friuli Venezia Giulia but the most famous Italian Cabernet Franc comes from Tuscany as know as “Super Tuscan”.
A great example of a Super Tuscan will have ripe and rich aromas of black cherry, blackberry, cocoa, red pepper flakes and a hint of chalky dry gravel and leather. On the palate there will be boldness from elevated alcohol with mocha, cinnamon, and plum flavors complimented by medium-high acidity and moderately high tannin.
DNA analysis has proven that Cabernet Franc is the parent of both Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon (for the latter, the other parent being Sauvignon Blanc).