This wine is made from Cabernet Franc and Carmenere grapes, which were until recently confused in Friuli vineyards.
We have established that the oldest vineyards destined for the production of this wine are actually constituted by Carmenere, while only the most recent plantings are of Cabernet Franc.
Consequently, the label contains only the Cabernet term that sums up the two varieties and is permitted by the DOC regulations in this case.
It is a grassy wine without powerful tannins; it is aged on the lees for a year in large barrels to smooth the rough edges of its impetuous nature
IN THE VINEYARD:
Vine density: 5,700 vines per hectare
Training system: Guyot
Clones featured: 30% Carmenere R9 characterised by a grassy flavour – 70% clones of French origin, with sweet tannins
Yield per vine: approx. 1,0–1,5 kg
IN THE WINERY:
Wine processing: red
Maceration: destemmed grapes for 15 days
Fermentation: with cultured yeasts
Ageing and storage: in large 2,500-litre oak barrels for a year
Malolactic fermentation: completed
I recommend drinking this wine young. In Friuli it is served in taverns with salami and cheese.