In a nutshell: A really smooth and approachable example of the native North East Italian grape Refosco.
The lowdown: Based in the beautiful small valley of Cialla in Colli Orientali Friuli up near Slovenia the small estate of Ronchi di Cialla are now firmly established as one of the finest producers in the region. Working in a sustainable way with minimal intervention they work solely with indigenous varieties to produce a selected range of top class wines. Refosco is an ancient tight family of grapes grown in North East Italy, neighbouring Slovenia and the Istrian region of northern Croatia of which Ronchi's Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso is the star of the bunch.
After maturing for 12 months on its lees in stainless steel tanks the Refosco is then aged for at least 6 months in bottle in Ronchi's cellars before release. In the glass deep red fruit aromas with balsamic and green stalky touches leading onto a soft and rounded palate with great depth of fruit, mild tannins, bright acidity, and a dry finish. A great example of this lesser known variety.
When to drink: Try with roasted white or red meat especially those with a light sauce. Traditional pairings include Vicentina-style codfish (Baccalà alla vicentina).