Bastianich Rosso 2011
50% Merlot, 30% Refosco, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc
Vespa Rosso is uncommonly fruit- forward and structured for a “cold weather” red wine, and yet it retains many of the spicy, earthy notes that characterize Friulian reds. The extra eort made in both the vineyard (sharply reducing yields) and the cellar (small batch fermentation in tonneaux) helps elevate Vespa Rosso beyond the ranks of everyday reds.
Steaks and braised red meats.
The wine is crafted by macerating and fermenting the dierent varieties individually in open-topped, 500- liter tonneaux. Punch-down is done by hand for the softest possible extraction. We use a vertical wood press which extracts softer tannins as there is less skin-against-skin friction with this type of press. After barrel aging separately for 18 months in Allier barrique, the blend is created and the assemblage then receives another 1 year of bottle aging before release.
Villages of Buttrio/Premariacco and Cividale, in the Colli Orientali del Friuli