||Locatelli Cab Franc
Anna Muzzolini farms 9 hectares of vines on her family estate in Albana di Prepotto, just a stone’s throw from the Slovenian border, in Italy’s far eastern corner. Anna works with local varieties for both red and whites, as well as cabernet franc, and merlot, which both do very well on Friuli’s limestone-rich soils, not unlike France’s Loire Valley, which also sits atop an ancient seabed full of decomposed seashell fragments. This bottling of cabernet franc is expressive and aromatic, with clean bright peppery fruit and soft mineral finish. Try with a roasted red pepper romesco sauce on grilled chicken and zucchini, or with an ash-ripened goat cheese like Valencay affiné.