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Bastianich Colli Orientali del Friuli Vespa Bianco 2008

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A tightly wound balance of minerality and citrus, evolving over time into a more viscous expression of wildfloweres, clover honey and mature pear. The palate sensations are more like those of a red wine. Its tannic structure and acidic backbone lend it not only immediate impact but also a long life. Vespa Bianco can be further aged up to 7-10 years after the vintage. Great with roasted turkey, duck and pork, shellfish (especially lobster and scallops), mushroom based dishes like mushroom risotto, and elegant cheese-dressed pastas.

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BASTIANICH - Colli Orientali del Friuli The region of Friuli Venezia Giulia lies in the far northeast corner of Italy, its central city, Udine, is about 90 minutes northeast of Venice, The Bastianich winery was founded in 1997 and consists of 28 hectares (70 acres). The vineyards are all located in the Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC and are in two distinct zones. The original vineyard in But... Read more
BASTIANICH - Colli Orientali del Friuli The region of Friuli Venezia Giulia lies in the far northeast corner of Italy, its central city, Udine, is about 90 minutes northeast of Venice, The Bastianich winery was founded in 1997 and consists of 28 hectares (70 acres). The vineyards are all located in the Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC and are in two distinct zones. The original vineyard in Buttrio/Premariacco lies on the southernmost hills in the DOC. It is influenced by the warmth of the sea and is famous for its ability to produce wines of great power. The second property, in the hills of Cividale del Friuli, is influenced by the bora, the north wind, which, with cooler nights, produces wines of greater aromatic intensity. Both areas share similar soil, ponca, the crumbly sandstone which gives all the wines their signature mineral backbone. TRADITION. CREATIVITY, BALANCE The Bastianich winery mission is to understand the history and culture of the area and take it to a new level, creating unique wines that speak of place, but at the same time, showing remarkable power, and balance, Vespa Bianco and Vespa Rosso are named after the ever-present wasps attracted to ripe grapes. These blends are made in an area known for single-varietal wines, shifting the focus from the grape to the terrior. Calabrone, which means hornet, is an estate reserve red blend made only in the best vintages with hand-destemmed, partially dried fruit, and is released 5 years after the vintage. Native varieties, such as Tocai Friulano, are unblended to showcase the uniqueness of the grape. The pinnacle of this being Tocai Plus, a particularly complex example made with late-harvest and dried fruit from a single-vineyard of 60 year-old vines. Read less

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05/27/2012

First tried w Jordana at Eataly. Mario Batali has at mtgs.


External Reviews for Bastianich Colli Orientali del Friuli Vespa Bianco

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

An aromatic spring blossom note accents the yellow apple, almond, caramel and white peach flavors of this focused white, which is refined and well-meshed, with a smoky, minerally undertow and a lingering juicy finish. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Picolit. Drink now through 2015.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

The 2008 Vespa Bianco impresses for its textural finesse, depth and richness. Light floral honey, juicy apricots, mint and cantaloupe meld together seamlessly in this lush yet mid-weight, beautifully precise Vespa Bianco. The wine turns pointed and more delicate on the sublime, understated finish. The 2008 is the first vintage to be aged exclusively in cask, a decision that has paid off quite handsomely. Vespa Bianco is 45% Chardonnay, 45% Sauvignon and 10% Picolit. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

The 2008 Vespa Bianco impresses for its textural finesse, depth and richness. Light floral honey, juicy apricots, mint and cantaloupe meld together seamlessly in this lush yet mid-weight, beautifully precise Vespa Bianco. The wine turns pointed and more delicate on the sublime, understated finish. The 2008 is the first vintage to be aged exclusively in cask, a decision that has paid off quite handsomely. Vespa Bianco is 45% Chardonnay, 45% Sauvignon and 10% Picolit. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2018.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2012

Medium-deep straw-gold. Fresher and more floral on the nose than the 2009, with hints of jasmine, peach, apricot and nuts. Then sweet and nicely concentrated, offering creamy flavors of butter and orange peel, plus a distinctly honeyed aspect. Finishes bright and long.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The 2008 Vespa Bianco impresses for its textural finesse, depth and richness. Light floral honey, juicy apricots, mint and cantaloupe meld together seamlessly in this lush yet mid-weight, beautifully precise Vespa Bianco. The wine turns pointed and more delicate on the sublime, understated finish. The 2008 is the first vintage to be aged exclusively in cask, a decision that has paid off quite handsomely. Vespa Bianco is 45% Chardonnay, 45% Sauvignon and 10% Picolit. Anticipated maturity: 2012andndash;2018.



A tightly wound balance of minerality and citrus, evolving over time into a more viscous expression of wildfloweres, clover honey and mature pear. The palate sensations are more like those of a red wine. Its tannic structure and acidic backbone lend it not only immediate impact but also a long life. Vespa Bianco can be further aged up to 7-10 years after the vintage. Great with roasted turkey, duck and pork, shellfish (especially lobster and scallops), mushroom based dishes like mushroom risotto, and elegant cheese-dressed pastas.

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