The Cjanorìe variety is said to originate from Gemona del Friuli and the name is from cjane, local dialect meaning to drink from the bottle, a reference to the lightness and ease of enjoyment offered by the wine. It is a vine that is still found in the provinces of Pordenone and Udine, although it has never been intensively cultivated. It made it into Italy’s national register of vines in 2006.
The leaves are large and bunches generous, so the variety has also proved popular when planted to act as a shaded green pergola for Friuli country houses. It is a late-ripening, vigorous vine that is resistant to fungal diseases.
The levels of tannin are low, with good acidity and they can resemble something between a Dolcetto to a fine quality Beaujolais Cru. Usually the wines are for early drinking but in exceptional vintages they can develop over three to six years.
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The one time we submitted this for Oz Clarke’s ‘Top Wines’ it was judged as his third favourite wine of the year.