Sfriso Cabernet Franc 2013
Pier Sfriso and Reka Haros are more than just Prosecco producers. In fact, I'd lump their reds into the mix of among the best of the Veneto region
They began their operation in 2003, with a mere 7 hectares (small for Prosecco), and barely functioning winery left to them by Pier's father. Over the next five years they broke their backs renovating, farming sustainably, and building their brand. But in 2012, after spinning their wheels and coming to the realization that their business model wasn't stable, they switched their focus away from restaurant and retailer sales and more toward the end consumer. It was a smart choice.
They finally found joy pouring wine for consumers, travelling around Europe putting on tastings and parties, and getting Pier face-to-face with the people that would utlimately be pulling the cork from the bottle. What they have now, after 5 years of dedicating themselves to actual wine drinkers, is a core group of loyal customers that buy up their wines nearly upon bottling. I feel lucky to get our hands on some!
Here is how Pier describes his Cabernet Franc, a mere 1300 bottles produced, in the third person:
This wine is one of Pier’s bets, he has always dreamed of making our red wines differently from what is common in our area. Why? Because he does not like how they are made locally. Red wines from our area are usually very light compared to other Italian red wines from Tuscany or Piemonte, so Pier has taken a very different approach.
This Cabernet Franc comes from a single vineyard and expresses the best of itself with an intense and unmistakable herbal scent. It is structured but at the same time very enjoyable. We love it with steaks, local salamis, and cheese, but some love it without food.