Vividly aromatic, with a clean petrichor and leafy edge. Savory herbs and an attractive chalky minerality mingle with notes of black currant and fresh raspberries.
Cabernet franc is originally from Bordeaux, which makes for a wine with characteristic herbaceous flavour. By controlling yields in the vineyard, the wine becomes elegant and spicy, with a true potential for aging.
Ronco delle Betulle nestles in the hilly eastern part of Friuli in a sub zone called Rosazzo, an estate of approximately 17 hectares, of which 10 are under vine. The hills of Rosazzo benefit from a special microclimate set by several geographical factors: its closeness to the sea, its altitude and the presence of elevated parts. The nearby sea (which is approximately 30 km away) and the vicinity of the hills of Salta Caterina mitigate the climate; it is more breezy,more sunny and less rainy here than in surrounding areas.
Cabernet Franc is fairly late-ripening, requiring long hang times and relatively warm and dry growing seasons to allow its inherently tough and potentially green tannins to ripen completely. The vines are planted 55/60 quintals per hectare using cordon and unilateral guyot trellising. Ronco delle Betulle benefits from mixed soil made of marl, calcareous clay, sandstone and calcified sand. This soil, referred to as “Ponca”, originated approximately 50 million years ago. It is rich in mineral salts and other nutrients that yield high quality grapes, and hence fine wines.
The grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed and then macerated for 15 days in temperature-controlled vats with the use of ambient yeasts. After a soft pressing, the wine ages for 12 to 18 months in large oak barrels. It is both unfiltered and unfined, which creates additional depth of texture.