***WINE FUTURES ARRIVING & SHIPPING APRIL 2023***
Each mixed La Roncaia 12-bottle case contains 6-bottles of the following:
2017 La Roncaia DOC Friuli Colli Orientali Refosco2019 La Roncaia DOC Friuli Colli Orientali Cabernet Franc
For three generations, the Fantinel family has dry farmed vineyards flanked by old oaks, chestnuts, and acacia trees in the northeastern-most corner of Italy at the base of the Alps on the Slovenian border.
These La Roncaia vineyards are planted atop an ancient seabed that's lifted up from the colliding of the African and European plates. These uplifted sandstone deposits give the La Roncaia wines excellent soils for burying deep roots within.
On offer today are two drop-dead gorgeous reds under their label showcasing full-bodied expressions and a terroir that only comes from this singular place. A 12-bottle case of the Refosco will run you north of $550, a case of Cab Franc right around $375.
La Roncaia Refosco 2017 Friuli Colli Orientali DOC - $49/bottle MSRP 92-points James Suckling Made from the eloquently named and native Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso grape, and somewhat Amarone-styled (some clusters are sun-dried before pressing), the wine opens with an absolutely remarkable bouquet, distinctly Italian with stewed tomatoes, dried herbs, and Bing cherry kissed by raspberry reduction sauce. The palate is all terroir folks; dusty tannins, incense, fresh-turned leaves, red clay soil, and a clear delineation of the appassimento some of these grapes undergo. The finish is dry, eloquent, and resonates fruit seamlessly transitioning to vanilla and barrel spice that go on and on. La Roncaia Cabernet Franc 2019 Friuli Colli Orientali DOC - $35/bottle MSRP 91-points James Suckling A richly pyrazinic nose, almost Chinon-like, that immediately indicates Old World quality; fresh sliced red bell peppers and earthy soils dominate the nose. The entry continues the show, adding in an elegant tannin frame hung with resinous red and black fruit making for a mouth watering experience. The finish is dry and reverberates with red fruit character seamlessly integrated with a refined and deftly accented barrel regimen. An excellent wine for a meal, but equally exceptional on its own.