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The wines of  Ronco delle Betulle, Rosazzo, Friuli, Italy

UK agent: Richards Walford

Ronco delle Betulle is located in the hills near Rosazzo in the Colli Orientali (the bit of the Friuli region right next to the Slovenian border). The estate covers 10 hectares. It was purchased in 1967 by Giovanbattista Adami, and is now overseen by his daughter Ivana Adami. The soils of the Colli Orientali consist of a mixture of marl and sandstone, which is believed to be ideal for cultivating vines on hills.

These are very attractive wines. Surprisingly, for a region better known for its whites, it was the two reds that impressed me the most.

Ronco delle Betulle Tocai Friulano 2001 Colli Orientali del Friuli
Attractive lemony edge to the bright fruit, with a slightly waxy edge. The palate shows a good concentration of pure, clean fruit and an interesting herby edge. Light style. Very good+

Ronco delle Betulle Sauvignon Blanc 2001 Colli Orientali del Friuli
Rounded, grassy nose is fresh and crisp. Very attractive fresh, rounded palate. Light style. Very good+

Ronco delle Betulle Cabernet Franc 1999 Colli Orientali del Friuli
Brilliant cool climate red with great balance. Deep red/black colour. Lovely nose is vivid, mineralic and leafy edged, with blackcurrant and raspberry fruit. Savoury, leafy fruit on the palate. Pure and concentrated with an attractive chalky minerality. Very good/excellent

Ronco delle Betulle Franconia della Venezia Giulia 1999 Friuli
A varietal Franconia (known in Austria as Blaufränkisch). Very deep red/black colour. Pure refreshing nose of tight-knit berry fruit, with some tarry richness and minerality. Savoury, rich palate with a great concentration of spicy-edged fruit. Great intensity. Classy and ripe. Very good/excellent

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