Hello Wine Lover,
From a dream that Romeo Rossi had twenty years ago to work an estate with a single grape focus, comes today’s offer of 2013 Ronchi Rò Sauvignon Blanc Twenty. This is serious Sauvignon Blanc for under $20. And if you haven’t experienced Sauvignon Blanc from Friuli, perhaps the perspective of Matt Mather, one of the country's top sommeliers from Frasca, a Friulian food and wine Mecca in Boulder, Colorado, will help to turn you on.
“At Frasca, we think more great Sauvignon Blanc is created in Friuli’s Collio and Colli Orientali and neighboring Slovenia’s Brda region than anywhere else in the world. Whether they’re oaked, . . . , or made entirely in stainless steel, . . ., these Sauvignons show true varietal character, with compelling richness supported by bright acidity.” – Matthew Mather, Sommelier Frasca Food and Wine.
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The beautiful stone home of Romeo Rossi and Carolina Qualizza at Ronchi Rò overlooks a breathtaking terraced, natural amphitheater of vineyards located in the Collio region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. As you walk through the vineyards you look east/southeast towards Slovenia just a few kilometers away.
These perfectly sloped vineyards in the hilly area bordering Slovenia are protected from the cold northern European air by the Alps and aided by the proximity to the Adriatic Ocean for cooling summer and warming winter air. The vines are planted on“Ponca” soil. Ponca is a mixture of marl and sandstone, with calcium and limestone also making an appearance. This earthy cocktail and these ideal growing conditions lend minerality, texture and richness to the wines; yet they magically maintain a weightless quality.
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Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey from Frasca, compares Friulian Sauvignons to the best of the Loire Valley. It’s an apt comparison and one that applies perfectly to the Ronchi Rò: both have great acidity, minerality, and weight, with none of the flabbiness often found in California or the pungency of New Zealand.
Discover for yourself the marvels of Friulian Sauvignon Blanc.
In the words of David Schildknecht from Vinous, “Austria’s 2013 Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners display exceptionally bright acidity, clear flavor definition and uncanny complexity.” 2013 has given us the stunning combination of healthy, ripe grapes that remain light on their feet as the alcohol levels stayed in check, married with focused, tense acidity.
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