Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Castelvecchio Carso Cabernet Franc 2006

Sarah and I picked this off the list at Il Tajut, in the San Giovanni neighborhood of Rome. Il Tajut specializes in the food of Friuli, so there's lots of Refosco, Cab Franc, aromatic whites, and Merlot. This was 19 Euro--crazy cheap, and recommended over a "more important" cab franc by our waitress. It should be noted said other wine was all of 28 Euro--ridiculously cheap by my standards. Especially in a restaurant. Anyways, typical cab franc, with leafy, herbacious aromas and nice cherry flavors that eventually emerge. Great food wine--good acidity, nice poise and immensely enjoyable. Finish was a little short, but had nice earthy elements. Paired well with pancetta wrapped figs, prosciutto, Salame fresce with loads of good olive oil and red onions, and funghi misti. B+/A- We had strocchi for dessert--sort of mini croissant, I guess--and asked the waitress in extremely broken Italian (seriously--she was a saint putting up with my American bullshit) for some vini dolci. She returned with two--a rose pocolit, and a fragilino bianco. The pivolit was almost a little nutty--pretty good. The fragilino is one of the best sweet wines I've ever consumed. Period. It was fucking amazing. Extremely floral--lilacs, says Sarah, with tropical, almost banana-esque flavors. A+ We bought a bottle, and it didn't even have a label. Seriously. I'm not sure what the deal is exactly, but it's something unique, and it ain't coming to the states any time soon. Ah, Italy. More stuff from our travels (photos, etc), at ffejandpal.com when we post it (assuming your read this far and are still interested).


CabFrancoPhile said...

Nice! Even in Italy you find a Cab Franc, though it seems to be common in certain regions as a traditional variety. I think Palmina's Mattia follows this example.

Jeff said...

Yeah Cab Franc is really traditional in Friuli...but I don't think that too much really makes it to the states. Strangely, Merlot is the biggest grape that they grow in Friuli, which I find fascinating, because what makes Italy really interesting is generally their indigenous grapes and indigenous styles of wine. I'm sure Merlot and Cab are probably relatively indigenous there, it's just not what you expect. Anyways, I wish that I could get this in the US. I really liked it.