Scarbolo Friuli Grave Cabernet 2010
Bordeaux Red Blends from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Deep ruby red in color. Intense on the nose with notes of black pepper and raspberries. Robust, full bodied with rich, jammy tannins. A perfect wine to pair with roasts, fatty meats, aged cheeses and savory pasta dishes. Serve at 60 - 64°F.
70% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Wine Advocate - "Elegant, with lovely notes of spring blossom and verbena running through flavors of kumquat, white peach, stone and spice. Well-knit and creamy, with racy acidity leading to the mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2015. 1,500 cases made."
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About Friuli-Venezia Giulia(free-oo-lee veh-netz-ee-ah gwee-yee-ah)
Notable FactsSuccessful grapes of the Friuli include Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. Then of course, there's the famed local variety, Tocai Friulano (not any relation to Tokay d'Alsace or Tokay of Hungary), which produces wine that is floral and nutty in character but light-bodied. Ribolla Gialla, another white grape making wine with the floral notes and acidity common to the region - it is a delicious alternative to the international varieties of the area. Reds are not to be forgotten, although found less often. Merlot is the most planted, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and few indigenous varieties. Most exports are white.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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1 rating, 1 with review110/1/2013The wine dot com reference to a 90 point Parker score for this wine is mistaken. My one star review is not for the wine, but for wine dot com's incorrectly indicating that Parker scored this wine a 90. The 90 point Parker review wine dot com quotes is actually for Scarbolo's Sauvignon Blanc (which is a white wine), NOT for this wine, which is 70/30 blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. It's obvious the Parker review is for a white wine: "spring blossom and verbena running through flavors of kumquat, white peach," etc. I have purchased this wine, and if wine dot com corrects the information it provides about this wine, I will give the wine an actual score.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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