Fantinel Borgo Tesis Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 ~ Friuli Grave, Italy
Miguel Chan ~ "elegant and full-bodied ... seduces with fruity aromas and spices in perfect harmony. This Cabernet Sauvignon is produced by Fantinel wine, which in just three generations has become a benchmark in the production of quality wines in the Friuli region of northeastern Italy. This bold wine acquires great elegance thanks to the ageing in oak barrels."
Fantinel are a decades old Italian producer based in the mountains north of Lake Garda, Italy. Formed by Mario Paron in the 1960s they now manage 300 hectares of vines spread over three DOC zones: Friuli Grave, Prosecco and Collio.
Friuli Grave (or Grave del Friuli) is a DOC covering a large area of land in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, between the Alps and the Adriatic sea. The region's combination of soil, climate and situation make for excellent wines, and viticulture here dates back to Roman times. Friuli Grave – like its namesake Graves in Bordeaux – takes its name from the gravelly, alluvial soil that characterizes the zone.