Daily Wine 10/9/17:
Raccaro – Vigna del Rolat – Friulano – Collio – 2015
- This wine is 100% Friulano from the Collio DOC of Friuli-Venezia Giulia in northeastern Italy.
- The Friulano grows on local Ponka soils that allow for great drainage. Ponka (also, Ponca or flish), is a friable stony, marny, and sandy mix created by many years of mountain erosion and fossilized sea creatures.
- Rolat is a steep hillside vineyard that is trained to an inverted guyot style to maximize the amount of sunlight and wind influence to the vines during the growing season.
- In 1928, Dario Raccaro’s grandfather bought the farm at the foothills of Monte Quarin, just outside of Cormons (a major village within the region).
- During the 1960’s, Dario’s father began to concentrate on winemaking and Dario took over in the eighties.
- Dario is the president of the Enoteca di Cormons, a pact of local wine producers to promote the wines of Collio.
- Raccaro produced approximately 27,000 bottles a year from just 5 hectares.
- This Vigna del Rolat vineyard has been planted and replanted a number of times since the 900’s. This vineyard produces about 10,000 bottles a year and is one of the best white wines in Italy.
- Collio is right next to the Solvenian border.
- This wine spends six months aging in stainless steel only.
- The average vine age is 30.
- Pair this with fish, salads, and proscuitto.