2015 Bastianich Vespa Rosso

32.95 27.23
Type of Wine Red
Country Italy
Region Friuli
Winery Bastianich Wines
Year 2015
Grape Merlot
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14%)
Drink window 2021 - 2030
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The Bastianich Family has become known in the USA for their many important Italian Restaurants, several at Michelin star level. Joe Bastianich also became famous with the TV show Master Chef. He is a valued jury member in both Master Chef USA and Italy. Founded in 1997, the Bastianich company consists of 40 hectares of vineyards. The original vineyard in Buttrio/Premariacco is located on the southern hills in the DOC. It is influenced by the warmth of the sea and is famous for the production of great wines. The second property, in Cividale del Friuli, is influenced by the bora, or northerly wind. The wines are by the cooler nights, much more aromatic. Both areas share similar soil, ponca, the crumbly sandstone gives the wines their signature mineral backbone.

Founded in 1997, the Bastianich winery strives to understand the history and culture of Friuli-Venezia Giulia and take it to a new level. We create unique wines that show remarkable strength and balance. Vespa Bianco is named after the ever-present wasps that are attracted to the ripe grapes.

The Vespa and the PLUS are Bastianich's flagship vehicles. Created in 1997, when the Friulian white wines are on the rise. Not easily made, but here time almost stands still and the wines are given plenty of time to come to fruition. The Vespa Rosso is a Friullan red wine and is made in a very limited edition. It is a delicious blend of Merlot and Refosco. The Bastianich 2015 Vespa Rosso is a beautifully layered and generous wine that starts with ripe cherries and blackberries and transitions into spice, smoky notes and chocolate. There are subtle notes of both sweet and savory, and the wine is very balanced and balanced at the core. Medium to full bodied with soft tannins and a solid feel. 94/100 Parker

Suckling writes in his review (93/100): "This is always a very serious red for the money, and 2015 could be one of the most exciting editions"

The Vespa Rosso comes from vineyards located in the hills of Buttrio, Premariacco, Cividale and Prepotto on
an altitude of 150-200 meters above sea level located on a bed of calcareous marl (ponca) with mixed rock and clay. The vineyards are between 20-40 years old.
Harvesting is done manually and the grapes are sorted at the winery to select only the best fruit
and these are then destemmed and then enter stainless steel tanks for fermentation at 25-27°C. The Merlot and Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso are fermented separately. Careful pump-overs and punch-downs are performed throughout the fermentation which lasts 15-18 days. After fermentation and maceration, the wine is always transferred separately per type in French oak barriques (70% used and 30% new) where the wines are aged in wood for 18 months. Finally, the wines are blended and bottled and the bottles rest for another 12-18 months before the wine is released.

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Type of Wine Red
Country Italy
Region Friuli
Winery Bastianich Wines
Grape Merlot
Biological certified No
Vegan No
Year 2015
Drinking as of 2021
Drinking till 2030
Alcohol % 14
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 94
James Suckling rating 93
Tasting Profiles Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Red fruit
Drink moments Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch
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