2015 Bastianich Vespa Rosso
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.
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. All vineyards are located on the Colli Orientali del Friuli, in two different areas that fall within the DOC area.
In the most northeastern tip of Italy lies the mountainous region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, bordering Austria and the former Yugoslavia. Wine has traditionally played a significant role there, due to its important location and contacts with overseas trading partners. Over the centuries, the region has built up a very good reputation among wine connoisseurs. Today, the region has 2 major DOCs, that of the Collio Goriziano, or simply Collio, an area that covers a large part of the region, and that of the Colli Orientali del Friuli, north of the city of Udine. Both DOCs include red, white and rosé wines, but it is mainly the white wines that make the region very famous and the most beautiful white wines undoubtedly come from Friuli.
Robert Parker (Wine Advocate), de Gamberro Rosso and James Suckling are also very enthusiastic about Bastianich's wines and rate them all with 90+ points
"Wow, the Vini Orsone line of wines from Bastianich offers outstanding value" - Parker
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Drinking as of||2021|
|James Suckling rating||93|
|Tasting Profiles||Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Red fruit|
|Drink moments||Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch|