Fantinel La Roncaia Refosco
Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso is both the name of a grape as well as the red wine produced from that grape. Both the grape and the wine are popularly known as “Refosco” although technically it is only one sub-variety of the extended Refosco grape family. It is grown principally in the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region in northeast Italy and the nearby Venezia and Treviso provinces of the Veneto region. The grape has been well known since antiquity and is believed to be indigenous to northeast Italy. Various ancient Roman writers and personalities sang the praises of Refosco wines.
This Refosco is from the Fantinel’s La Roncaia estate in the rolling hills around Nimis in the Friuli region. While the wine is dry, it does include some partially dried grapes in the appassimento fashion. After fermentation, the wine is aged in barriques for 18 months and then spends 6 months in the bottle for a rich and decadent drinking experience.
Deep garnet red with a slightly purple rim. Evolved, vibrant nose with hints of wild berries.The palate is powerful, velvety and warm. Excellent with game or grilled meat.