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Fantinel Cabernet Sauvignon Sant'Helena Trevenezie 2014 750ml
Soft and velvety, this ’14 Cabernet Sauvignon showcases its ultra-ripe red and blue fruits, layering them with peppery spices, warm earth, pressed wildflower petals, toasted wood, and forest floor. Ripe tannins meld seamlessly with kinetic acidity as this full-bodied Cab Sauv glides to a satisfying, lingering finish. After handpicking, about 20% of the grapes dry for two months before pressing to intensify flavors and texture; grapes ferment for 25 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for 18 months in oak barrels.
Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia
The original Pane Vino & San Daniele has essentially precipitated the launch of an upscale “chain” of sorts, with numerous outposts located in towns throughout northern Italy. These establishments are intended to promote the slow food philosophy and the enjoyment of local products, with an emphasis on the wines of Fantinel and the hams it produces in conjunction with the Testa e Molinaro company. At the time of this writing (August 2008), the locations numbered 20, though expansion plans include international destinations, as well as additional regional outposts.
Such an operation, of course, provides a perfect context in which to showcase the extensive portfolio of Fantinel, which operates several distinct labels. However, Fantinel began serving as a foremost ambassador of Friuli shortly into its second decade, undertaking various partnerships dedicated to establishing a recognized place for Friuli on the international scene. In fact, it was one of the first Friulian estates to sell its wines outside Friuli proper. Fantinel’s efforts comprise two estates—Fantinel and La Roncaia—and have largely been devoted to delineating the specific attributes defining Friuli’s complex terroir, supported by a distinct focus on three of Friuli’s DOCs—Collio, Grave, and Colli Orientali. Each label is dedicated to evoking the nuances and tradition of a particular delimited areas as well as a distinct stylistic orientation. The offerings under the Sant’Helena label represent the extensive clonal research that the estate has undertaken in an effort to cultivate the highest quality of grape. This is maximized by low yields, dense planting, hand-harvesting, and a meticulous process of selection. These influences collectively promote the articulation of the microclimates concerned—the Collio’s Vencò region for the whites, and Grave for the reds. The Grave zone is the focus of both the Borgo Tesis and Paron Mario lines, with the latter dedicated almost exclusively to red. Of particular note is Paron Mario’s work with the Refosco grape, which Fantinel is particularly devoted to, regarding it as the red that will distinguish Friuli and draw attention to its work outside reds. It is the grape, in fact, that estate founder Mario desired to promote.
Friuli’s indigenous varietals constitute the principal focus of La Roncaia, Fantinel’s estate in Nimis. Extensive research informs the production, as several of the bottlings constitute meditation wines. Of particular note are the Ramandolo and Picolit productions, the former of which is Friuli’s most historically significant production. Bearing the name of its DOCG region, Ramandolo is an unctuous dessert wine derived from a local clone of the Verduzzo grape. As the vineyards are treacherously steep in this area, all grapes must be harvested by hand. The distinctive character of Ramandolo is frequently maximized through both late harvest and partially dried grapes. Picolit is another distinctive meditation member of La Roncaia’s portfolio.
Variety/Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon
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