Ronc di Vico has around seven hectares in the northern end of the Colli Orientali in Friuli Venezia Giulia. Here things are generally cooler than in the south. By and large, that’s a good thing. Gianni Del Fabbro, and today his son Lodovico, work vineyards composed predominantly of limestone, sandstone, marl and clay. All of their efforts are carried on in an organic fashion. The vineyard composition, organic farming and the northerly location, yield wines of outstanding balance where the acid and alcohol levels work in harmony alongside exceptionally beautiful fruit from Merlot, Refosco, Friulano, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.We are drawn to Gianni and Lodovico’s work based both on what’s in the glass and in their minds. They are focused on letting the specific terroir of their vineyards drive what they produce. There is nothing forced, be it ripeness, extraction or elevage. It is simply taking what they are given and turning out wines that they believe each have their own personality. Like children, what works in one instance isn’t the key to reaching your other kids. So to it is with the wines of Ronc di Vico.
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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