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Life in Friuli’s Carso is defined by three forces of nature: the ubiquitous gray limestone that covers the landscape, the nearby Adriatic Sea, and the fierce, icy Bora wind that blows year-round. These awe-inspiring natural phenomena give Carso wines a distinct mark of terroir that remains constant across grape variety and vintage. In this cuvée, Sauvignon Blanc is merely a vehicle for the Carso’s trademark minerality and salinity. The Selezione represents Kante’s pick of the best barrels, aged an additional four years in tank after the customary year in neutral wood. Its Sauvignon fruit is ethereal, tender, and delicately citrusy, then delivers a tonic energy with salivating notes of briny sea breeze and stone. This is a grande Sauvignon to reserve for your finest platter of shellfish. –Anthony Lynch
|Vineyard:||20 years average|
|Soil:||Clay and Limestone|
|Aging:||Aged for 12 months in old barrels, then aged 4 years in stainless steel tank|
When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:
1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.
Inspiring Thirst, page 174