For three generations, the Fantinel family has tended vineyards flanked by old oaks, chestnuts, and acacia trees, rooted in clay marl and and sandstone millennia-old, swept by maritime-influenced breezes at the northeastern-most corner of Italy and Slovenia, situated at the base of the Alps in Friuli Collio Orientale - the pinnacle of the the Venezia region. All dry-farmed, the La Roncaia vineyards encircle a hilltop of ancient seabed that's lifted up from the colliding of the African and European plates. As you can see in the header image, the soils are shaley, and crumble in your hand with the slightest touch ; these are the sandstone deposits that give the La Roncaia wines an excellent saline character with peak minerality injections - great for burying deep roots within.
Not scored yet but 2019 and 2020 both awarded 91-points James Suckling An elegant bouquet of spring flowers, baked apple, and beeswax backed by fresh-picked lemon thyme with additional citrus notes. Bright, beaming acidity immediately explodes on the palate bringing the elegant bouquet into full-bloom culminating in wet river stones as the chalky acidity unfurls towards the finish. The release has a crystalline length with wonderful resonant fruit, white floral umami, and resonant thyme folding back over themselves as an evolving spice note comes to the fore - indicating more to unpack. 13.5% alc.