A deep ruby red wine with aromas of red berries, mixed herbs and smoke. It has a full-bodied palate with red berry flavours accented by coffee notes.
The Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso is a red grape variety that owes its peculiar name to the red color of the stems. Native to Friuli Venezia Giulia, it belongs to the large family of the Refoscos and is cultivated mainly in Friuli, where it produces the best wines. Recently, it has been introduced in a few Veneto DOC wines. It is late-ripening and is known for producing wines that are full-bodied with high levels of acidity, a slightly herbaceous nose and tannins.
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.
The vines are planted 60 quintals per hectare using a unilateral guyot trellising system. 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 marl/clay soil in the hills result in an excellent full-bodied Refosco which, when aged properly, takes on a pleasantly bitter flavour and an ample tarry bouquet.
Grapes are hand-harvested late in the season and left to macerate for 13-15 days. Aging is done in tonneaux and oak barrels for 14-18 months. Bottled without filtering.