2008 Blason Franconia (End of Vintage)

SKU #1046996

Giovanni Blason and his consulting enologist Andrea Rossi have turned this 37-acre property into a juggernaut of affordable quality wines. Giovanni and his wife Valentina own this winery in Gradisca d’Inzonzo, 3.75 miles from the Slovenian border and about 20 miles north of Trieste. Franconia is rarely seen in the U.S. (the name of the grape has nothing to do with Franken wines of Germany), and it's a shame. This is a ruby red wine, with a distinctively herbal aroma and flavor, and a velvety mouth feel. Best of all, it is quite low in alcohol, making it just the red to gulp down when eating minestrone, perhaps, or rustic pasta tossed with speck and cheese.

Price: $4.99
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By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2010 | Send Email
from northern Italy’s Friuli region (which was Austrian controlled until the end of World War I). Please don't confuse the grape Franconia from Friuli with the German region of Franconia, (why do people get confused about Italians grape varietals I do not know?). Once you have tried this, you will never confuse the grape again. It has broad perfumes of black cherries, violets and rose petals. On the palate it has a soft brambly fruit, hints of cola and soft tannins. Give a light chill and prefect with grilled portabella or burgers.

By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/10/2010 | Send Email
We just landed two exceptionally drinking Italian reds in the 2008 Podere Ruggeri Corsini Barbera d’Alba* ($14.99), 13.5% ABV, and 2008 Blason Franconia* ($9.99), 14% ABV. The Corsini offers tons of bright, flashy raspberry to jasmine-like fruit in a full bodied, structured, integrated package that is just a joy to drink now. The Blason Franconia (also known as Blaufränkisch) is also a really wonderful drinker. Medium-deep ruby in color, this Gem provides an intense, focused spicy anise to herb clove-like aromas and set of flavors, with excellent balance and a rich long mouthfeel and finish. According to Anderson, these two Gems will be our house reds for the month. (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2010 to 2015

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