The Vespa Bianco Colli Orientali of the Friuli DOC, Cru range, is a real flagship of Bastianich created to emphasize the power and evolution that a great Friuliano white can reach. The Vespa succeeds in transcending the sum of its parts, confirming a wine of complexity and longevity out of the ordinary.
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|Product Category||White Wine|
|Region||Friuli Venezia Giulia|
|Vintage - Cuvée||2014|
|Designation||Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC|
|Grape / Raw material||chardonnay|
|Variety||chardonnay 45%, sauvignon 45%, picolit 10%|
|Alcohol Content||14% vol.|
|Tasting||Color: straw yellow Scent: wild flowers and citrus bouquets that blend well with mineral and slightly moody tones. Taste: dry, soft enough and well balanced thanks to excellent acidity.|
|Food matches||Mixed cold cuts, Young Cheese, Aged Cheese|
|Service temperature||10° - 12° C.|
|Suggested glass||Calyx thin long-stemmed|
|Scores||James Suckling 94/100|
The Bastianich Winery, founded in 1997 consists of 35 hectares (90 acres) of vineyards. All of the vines are in the Friuli Colli Orientali DOC area in 2 distinct climatic zones.
The deep connection of The Bastianich Family stretches back decades and generations. From early connections with the greatest winemaking families in the 1970s and 1980s, to the promotion of the finest wines Friuli had to offer in their Family Resturants in New York City and beyond... Culminating in the realization of a dream to create great wines of longevity and complexity in their own vineyards. The Bastianich Family has been one of the greatest supporters of Friulian wines in the United States and around the world.
Acquired in 1997, The Bastianich vineyards are unique in their varied position and microclimate.
The original vineyard, located in the communes of Buttrio and Premariacco, lies in the warmest, southernmost zone of Friuli Colli Orientali. These terraced vineyards are warmed by the heat of the Friulian plains and the Adriatic sea.
Re-planted and re-terraced in 2000-2002, these vines are at the height of their quality and production, providing the grapes for our greatest cru wines; Vespa Bianco, Vespa Rosso, Plus and Calabrone.
In Cividale, 10 miles to the north and coooled by mountain breezes, our vineyards here produce the grapes for the fresh, aromatic wines of the Vini Orsone line.
The "ponca" is the characteristic feature of this hilly territory of eocenic origin, the Collio, almost entirely made of clay marl ("Ponca" in Friulian language) alternating with sandstone layers (calcified sands). It is rich in limestone, potassium and phosphorus and poor in organic matter, easily alterable in the presence of atmospheric agents, it quickly crumbles, changing from the original gray to blueish-gray color to becoming clayey soil characterized by good retention water. The sandstone layers, alternating with the marne, have variable composition: generally increases the silica content and proportionally decreases all the other compounds, especially limestone.