I Clivi, Friuli Colli Orientali DOC (Venezia Giulia, Italy ) Bianco 2016

($35):  Ferdinando e Mario Zanusso of I Clivi (which means the slopes) make superb wines.  Their Clivi Galea is a single vineyard with 70-yesr old vines (according to their website) located on the southern tip of the appellation, near the Slovenian border. This 100% Friulano has a great lanolin-like texture and wonderful energy.  Suave and deep, it shows the grandeur this grape can achieve in the right hands.  I’m certain that part of its depth comes from 24 months of aging on fine lees in stainless steel tanks. It’s a great choice for grilled swordfish. Though a white wine, it actually also goes well with a creamy understated Bolognese sauce because of its texture and acidity.
95 Michael Apstein Jan 21, 2020