Press Reviews

Ronco Dei Tassi Fosarin Bianco Collio DOC

Fosarin, from six-acre vineyard of the same name, is a blend of roughly equal parts Pinot Bianco and Friulano with 20% Malvasia Istriana. Pinot Bianco undergoes fermentation and a brief aging in used barriques, providing backbone and finesse to the wine. Friulano and Malvasia are vinified only in stainless steel, Friulano delivering mid-palate weight and richness while Malvasia endows the Fosarin with the exotic aromatics (think anise, peach and yogurt) that really drive the wine. Fresh and fruity when young, the blend becomes ample and spicy with age, displaying a rich palate, depth and texture classic of Friuli wines. The Fosarin encompasses all the finest characteristics of the territory from which it comes: a perfectly calibrated wine, impeccable balance between elegance and power, and a satisfyingly sapid and fruity ending. This is Friuli in a glass.


Wine Enthusiast on 2018 vintage

Graphite, yellow apple and freshly baked bread aromas escape the glass. On the medium-bodied, elegantly structured palate, vibrant acidity accompanies yellow peach, lemon drop candy and grapefruit before a toasted almond close.


James Suckling on 2017 vintage

There's some real complexity to this white with white stones and citrus highlighting suble aromas of loquat and nectarines. Hints of apple pie, gazpacho and croutons. Laser-sharp acidity cuts cleanly through a finely formed conjunction of citrus and stone fruit. Medium-bodied and tightly knit. Drink now.


James Suckling on 2016 vintage

Dried-nutmeg and white-pepper notes are a pretty complement to playful aromas of peach pit and chamomile tea. There's real density to this palate, which is only medium to full in body, but possesses an intricate structure of razor-edged acidity slices pastry-like strands in two. Drink now.


Vinous Media on 2016 vintage

Good full yellow. Pear, peach, Thai basil and a hint of crushed stone on the nose. Dense and supple with juicy but rich flavors of peach and ripe apple complicated by aromatic spices and tropical fruit that speak of a strong presence of Malvasia Istriana in the blend. A broad, rich wine that manages to stay refined and light on its feet, finishing with a whiplash of lemony freshness. A little more complexity and I would have scored it higher, but this is a very successful wine given the difficult vintage.


James Suckling on 2015 vintage

A dense and fruity white with lots of tropical fruit character like mango and pineapple that follow through to a full body, bright acidity and a fruity finish. Drink now.


James Suckling on 2010 vintage

Wow. This is like white pepper with sliced pears and then lemons. Full and fruity with lots of crisp acidity and flavorful finish. Drink now.


 

Ronco Dei Tassi Friulano Collio DOC

Fruilano (the locals still call it Tocai despite the 2007 ruling to ban the use of “Tocai” on the label) is the Fruili region’s most important grape. This white wine is intense and fruity on the nose with elegant perfumes of acacia flowers. In the mouth, it is fleshy and rich with a creamy texture and distinct varietal notes of citrus, pear, liquorice and almond and the classic minerality of the Collio.


Wine Enthusiast on 2019 vintage

Delicate scents evoking yellow peach, citrus, and spring blossom aromas come together on this savory, enveloping white. The fresh, medium-bodied palate shows ripe pear, grapefruit, apricot and a hint of fresh bread dough alongside tangy acidity. It closes on a hazelnut note.


James Suckling on 2018 vintage

A dense and layered white with aromas and flavors of sliced lemons and limes. Medium body. Tangy and crisp. Drink now.


James Suckling on 2017 vintage

Intense dried-herb and grassy character and overtones of grapefruit and gooseberries give this immediate sauvignon blanc-like appeal. The full bodied-palate is quite composed, though, with an elegant strand of acidity cutting through the round, textured fruit. Drink now.


James Suckling on 2016 vintage

The fresh lemony nose doesn’t show what a striking wine this is at first. There's a serious structure and bright acidity in this clean yet multilayered dry white. It defies all the conventional categories. A crisp and complex finish, which suggests this is just beginning to give its best. Drink or hold.


Vinous Media on 2016 vintage

Straw green. Delicate herbs, lime and floral aromas on the enticing nose. Then clean fresh and juicy, with outstanding inner-mouth perfume to the ripe pomaceous orchard fruit flavors. Finishes long with a whisper of pear, minerals, sweet spices and noteworthy clarity. A knockout Friulano.


James Suckling on 2013 vintage

A drier style of friulano with sliced pear and apple character. Some peach skin. Medium to full body. Delicious fruit at the finish. Drink now


James Suckling on 2010 vintage

A fresh and tangy white, with dried peach and apples that follow through to a full body, with dry and mineally finish. Lots of character. Drink now.


 

Ronco Dei Tassi Malvasia Collio DOC

Though there are many types of Malvasia grapes grown throughout Italy, Malvasia Istriana (the name coming from the peninsula of Istria located in the Adriatic Sea) is undoubtedly considered the varietal of excellence when it comes to dry white wines. The grapes for this Malvasia come from 60 year-old vines planted in a miniscule terraced vineyard (less than 4 acres) with optimal southern exposure. Indeed, this is a wine of great equilibrium whose vinification and aging exclusively in stainless steel allow all the typical characteristics and aromas of the variety to come alive. On the nose, classic distinctive notes of peach and apricot blend with aromas of ripe pear, tangerine zest and floral notes of lime, acacia and wild flowers to close with a hint of aromatic herbs and light mineral underpinnings. A bright, round palate lifts the savory finish.


Wine Enthusiast on 2019 vintage

Aromas of yellow stone fruit, Alpine herb and wet stone shape the nose. Reflecting the aromas, the medium-bodied, rounded palate offers peach, yellow apple and mature grapefruit before a flinty finish. Tangy acidity keeps it juicy.


James Suckling on 2018 vintage

Dried-apple rind, loquat and buttercups come to the surface. Medium-to-full bodied and quite mouth-filling with a solid backbone of acidity and undertones of spices. Drink now.


James Suckling on 2017 vintage

Quite intense aromas of peach pit and dried apricots transform slowly into riper tropical-fruit nuances such as mangoes and papaya. There's real density on the full-bodied palate, which also supports a graceful frame of bright acidity. Drink now.


Vinous Media on 2016 vintage

Good pale yellow-gold. Captivating aromas and flavors of white peach, white flowers, rose petal, white pepper and minerals. Juicy and brisk, with cool citric cut and lift, along with a spicy ginger note that adds complexity and a flinty aroma of reduction. Finishes very long and penetrating, with a vibrant flavor of lemon zest and repeating floral notes. Owner Fabio Coser is a real Malvasia Istriana variety expert and this vintage has seen Ronco dei Tassi produce yet another outstanding example of this wine. It strikes me as being even better than some other outstanding Malvasias made by Ronco dei Tassi in the recent past.


James Suckling on 2016 vintage

A malvasia with character and style showing medium body, spice and fresh lemongrass and dried mango undertones. Fruity yet dry and stylish. Excellent example. Drink now.


 

Ronco Dei Tassi Pinot Grigio Collio DOC

Only the best fruit is used for this single-variety bottling. This is an excellent, fruit-driven expression of Pinot Grigio. Fresh pear and ripe apple on the nose give way to rich flavors of kumquat, quince and fresh herbs in the mouth are supported by a nice acidity, making this an excellent wine to pair with a variety of foods.


Wine Enthusiast on 2019 vintage

Aromas of hawthorn, white stone fruit and green melon jump out of the glass along with a whiff of bread dough on this expressive white. Round and juicy, the bright palate offers ripe pear, honeydew and lemon drop candy before a bitter almond close. It's a savory expression of Pinot Grigio.


James Suckling on 2018 vintage

Green apples, pear-drop character and limes are in play. The light- to-medium - bodied is enhanced by a steely yet oily array of stone fruit. Drink now.


James Suckling on 2017 vintage

Hints of flint and white pepper interact with overtones of sliced lemons and green apples on the nose. Medium-bodied with an encore nuances, it carves out a clear-cut shape of steely acidity and firm resolve. Drink now.


James Suckling on 2016 vintage

A subtle yet intense white with aromas and flavors of sliced apples, pears and mineral. Some cream, too. Medium body and fresh acidity. Yet, flavorful and deep. Drink now.


James Suckling on 2010 vintage

Full and fruity with good acidity and penty of sliced peach and apple character. Fruity finish yet reserved style. Drink now.


 

Ronco Dei Tassi Ribolla Gialla Collio DOC

The Ronco dei Tassi Ribolla Gialla is a fruity and elegant wine, a stellar example of the powerful and complex white wines produced in the Cormòns area of Fruili, with a freshness that lends balance and precision. The utmost attention and care is given to the grapes during each step of the production process, from the vineyard to the bottle, resulting in an impeccable wine that is rich in aromas and flavors and is truly representative of Cormòns. On the nose, a bouquet of lime flowers and dried cedar makes way for a rich, yet taut and agile, infusion of acacia, yellow plums and white tea on the palate. A long finish with notes of quince and toasted almonds charms right up to the end.


James Suckling on 2018 vintage

Fresh coriander and dill punctuate a nose of lemons and chamomile tea. Medium body, cut-throat acidity and a zippy finish. Drink now.

 

Ronco Dei Tassi Sauvignon Blanc Collio DOC

A particularly versatile white wine, this Sauvignon is the result of the particular characteristics of its terroir of origin, the Friuli hills adjacent to the Plessiva Natural Park. Straw yellow in color, intense fruit and floral aromas of grapefruit, elderberry flowers and freshly cut grass lead the way. A full-bodied mouth with a brisk acidity supports notes of citrus (tangerine, grapefruit) and an appealing minerality.


Wine Enthusiast on 2019 vintage

This bright, elegant white has rather restrained varietal aromas evoking hawthorn, hay, citrus and wild herb. It's racy and tangy, featuring white grapefruit, green melon and flinty mineral flavors alongside crisp acidity.


James Suckling on 2018 vintage

Very attractive sliced apples and pears with hints of lemons, and there isn't that much green, varietal character-for better or worse. Taut and clear-cut on the medium-bodied palate, which is citrusy and mineral. Drink now.


James Suckling on 2016 vintage

A stylish sauvignon with sliced pear, lime and hints of stone. Spice, too. Medium to full body, firm and lightly chewy. Flavorful finish. Hints of mineral undertones. Drink now.


James Suckling on 2010 vintage

Dried apple, with hints of tinned pears and apricots. Full and fruity, with bright acidity. Loads of flavor. Drink now.


Wine Spectator on 2002 vintage

Ripe and exotic with honey, gooseberry and passion fruit on the nose. Full-bodied, with lovely ripe fruit and a long finish. Yummy white. What Sauvignon should be. Drink now. 1,00 cases made.


 
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