Ronco dei Tassi
Province of Gorizia
Owner: Coser family
Winemakers: Fabio & Enrico Coser
Production: 110,000 bottles
Hectares under vine: 22
The name ronco is Friulian for ‘hillside, terraced vineyard’. Ronco dei Tassi is named after the badgers (tassi) in this little nook of paradise in the heart of the Collio, bordering the splendid Plessiva National Park. Fabio Coser’s earlier career as a consulting oenologist allowed him privileged knowledge of the area’s terroir so that by the time he chose a property of his own, he already knew the Collio like the back of his hand. The calcareous soil is laboriously terraced to optimise exposure and drainage, and yields superb indigenous varieties, expertly tutored by Fabio and son Enrico into stylish and characterful wines.
Friulano, the region’s most important grape (the locals still call it Tocai, by the way) is outstanding and there is no better grape to pair with a plate of prosciutto (especially if it’s from d’Osvaldo). From a small parcel of 40-year-old vines, the wine is fleshy with a creamy texture and hints of peach and almond with the classic minerality of the Collio.
Fosarin, a blend of 40% Friulano, 40% Pinot Bianco and 20% Malvasia, is fresh and fruity in its youth, building complexity with time in the bottle to reveal a full, rich palate with wonderful depth – a worthy and great value Tre Bicchieri winner.
Cjarandon is a Bordeaux blend of 65/30/5 Merlot, Cabernet and Franc from tiny yields, aged 20 months in new and second-use French oak. The 2009 harvest produced an outstanding Cjarandon with rich, ripe black cherry fruit, spice, mint and a long, elegant finish.
Pinot Grigio DOC
Picolit DOC 375ml