2008 Russiz Superiore Collio Cabernet Franc

SKU #1066446

The nose is complex and fruityŚlots of ripe black cherries, blackberries, and black currants with a hint of green pepper. The wine is elegant with a rich bodyŚfull and pleasant, with fresh, silky undertones and a lingering finish that confirms its persistent aromas. Aged in small oak casks for twelve months. After bottling, the wine remained in the cellar for approximately six months of bottle-aging.

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 By: Elvis Gottleib |  Review Date: 6/8/2011 
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Cab franc with an Italian twist. earthy and fruity, velvety with a delicious burn. This wine was perfectly dry to be a great food wine, yet flavorful enough to drink by itself. Bruschetta and pasta bolognese, pizza milanese. benissimo
Drink from 2011 to 2012

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Varietal:

Cabernet Franc

- While Cabernet Franc, a parent with Sauvignon Blanc to the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon, frequently plays second fiddle in Bordeaux blends (though it does get more props on the Right Bank, where it dominates Cheval Blanc), this lighter, higher acid/lower tannin, early-maturing, perfumed red varietal is far from a wallflower. It is the headliner in the Loire Valley appellations of Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon and Anjou-Villages, where it makes exceptional, food-friendly wines. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc can be found in northern Italy, particularly in Friuli and in California where it is frequently used as a blending grape in Bordeaux-style wines. Heartier in the cold than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is gaining a foothold in northern and eastern wine regions like Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
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Friuli-Venezia-Giulia