Try five diverse whites from an artisanal Friulan producer
Summertime, and the living is easy. It’s a great time of year for drinking refreshing whites, but there’s no reason such wines should be any inferior to the meatier reds consumed during cooler months. Friulan producer Fabio Coser has won multiple awards for his Ronco dei Tassi wines, and his mono-varietals are among the best we’ve tasted. This Friday Vino will be pouring five of his best whites, designed to be enjoyed all year round.
Ronco dei Tassi
Ronco dei Tassi is an artisanal producer located in the heart of the Collio Goriziano appellation of Friuli in north-eastern Italy. Here, just a few kilometers from the Slovenian border, the sandy subsoil is ideal for the cultivation of both indigenous and international grape varieties. The estate was founded in 1989 by Fabio Coser, who has since gained recognition as one of the areas leading winemakers. His award-winning wines are characterized by their balance.
Ronco dei Tassi’s flagship wine blends barrel-fermented Pinot Bianco with stainless steel-vinified Friulano and Malvasia Istriana to produce a medium-to-full-bodied white with a creamy palate and luscious acidity. Fosarin is a three-time Tre Bicchieri winner at Gambero Rosso‘s annual Guide to Italian Wines and even won “White Wine of the Year” in 2006.
Fabio Coser coaxes as much as he can out of his Sauvignon Blanc without wounding the wine with excessive gooseberry or tropical fruit character. This fabulously expressive wine possesses great aromatic character, a lively acidity and is a cocktail-hour favorite.
Pinot Grigio 2006
When you taste this excellent expression of Pinot Grigio, you experience what this grape variety really tastes like. Fabio Coser uses only top fruit for the monovarietal bottling. The resulting wine shows beautiful fruit and nice acidity — an excellent food wine.
The family of grapes known as Malvasia show up in various varieties throughout Italy. Friuli’s Malvasia Istriana is traditionally vinified as a dry wine in the region, and Fabio Coser’s careful selection of fruit results in a superior expression of the grape.
Last year Friuli’s Tocai grape was controversially renamed (to avoid confusion with the Hungarian Tokaji), so Ronco dei Tassi’s 2007 Tocai is known simply as “Friulano”. We’re pleased to report that the wine itself remains unchanged in its exceptional distinction.
FREE Ronco dei Tassi Tasting
Friday, August 8, 5:30pm
121 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016
For more information call (212) 725-6516 or visit our website, vinosite.com.