The Flaibani estate is located in Cividale del Friuli in the Colli Orientali del Friuli area very close to the Slovenian border. The Flaibanis have three hectares of planted vineyards, all terraced and with steep slopes, that resemble a garden surrounded by six hectares of woods. They are working with vines over 100 years old with their youngest vines over 20 years. They produce less than 10,000 bottles of six different types of wine from Schioppettino, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Friulano, and Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso. Their wines have a vibrancy, energy and quality that validate all the passion and hard work behind them.
Sometimes – rarely, but sometimes – we taste a wine so exciting that it takes us on a journey. That just happened. It was from Murrieta’s Well in the Livermore Valley and it was sharply focused, with dark berries, variety-tagged green bell pepper, persistent acidity, herbs and vibrating energy.
It was Cabernet Franc, from the 2019 vintage. That’s not a total surprise. If you’ve been wondering about the red wave that pundits keep talking about, it’s Cabernet Franc.
- Kicked out from his arts degree program, Tim Shand found inspiration in the glass and pivoted to heralding winemaking duties at Punt Road in historic Yarra Valley, Victoria.
- “That’s where the story comes in. People want the story. They want the romance that’s with it. They want an association with it. People want an experience, to have visited the winery or met the people who made it.” -John Skupny
- "We have cattle, goats, pigs, different natural areas. Any type of diversity it's going to be better for growing whatever you're growing, in this case the vines." Joseph T. Macari Jr. on the importance of biodiversity.
- Cabernet Franc Day 2016 - "Yes, surprisingly enough, Cabernet Sauvignon is the product of an accidental cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc back in the 17th century in Southwestern France."
- "We found ourselves in California earlier this month for a few days, a frustratingly short time to visit such a wonderful place, but it was long enough to convince us that Cabernet Franc seems to be having a moment."