2019 Bastianich Vespa Bianco
The Bastianich Family has become known in the USA for their many important Italian Restaurants, several at Michelin star level. Joe Bastianich also rose to fame 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. Due to the cooler nights, the wines are much more aromatic. Both areas share similar soils, ponca, the crumbly sandstone that 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 the remarkable power 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. Originated in 1997 in which the Friulian white wines are booming. Not made quickly, but it is precisely here that time almost stands still and the wines have plenty of time to come to fruition. The Vespa Bianco 2017 consists of equal parts Sauvignon and Chardonnay and 10% Picolit. The Vespa Bianco is a very complex wine and has a long life. Vespa Bianco can age well up to 7 – 12 years after the vintage. The grapes come from vineyards located on the hills of Buttrio, Premariacco and Cividale at an altitude of 130-160 with a south, southeast, southwest orientation. Each grape variety is harvested separately when reaching optimal ripening. The grapes are selected on sorting benches before being gently pressed; a free-run must is obtained from this operation.
The 3 varieties that make up the Vespa Bianco ferment separately, 50% in stainless steel at a controlled temperature and for the remaining 50% in oak barrels of 5 and 40 hectoliters. At the end of the fermentation, the wine remains on its ferment (sur lie) and a long period of "batonnage" of around 9 months begins and then the wine is bottle aged for another year before it becomes available.
The Vespa Bianco is a beautiful wine that opens with softness and roundness due to the exuberant and ripe fruit produced in this vintage. The core of the fruit with which this wine feels tight and rich, and there is enough freshness to give the wine a lasting structure. In the nose the notes of wax, apricots and honey but with a fresh but structured impact. The minerality is incredible. On the palate complex, silky smooth and with some aging, the wine takes on an incredible finesse and elegance. Minerality and citrus, develops more and more over time, nice expression of wild flowers, honey and older pear. The taste sensations are more like those of a red wine. The tannin structure and acidic backbone lend themselves to longevity.
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||White|
|Drinking as of||2022|
|James Suckling rating||94|
|Tasting Profiles||Aromatic, Dry, Fresh, Fruity, Green & grassy, Light, Tense, Tropical fruit, White fruit|
|Drink moments||Borrelen, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Summer party, Terras, Voor alledag|