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.
Ronco dei Tassi was founded in 1989 by Fabio Coser, who has gained recognition as one of the Collio zone's leading winemakers. Characterized by balance, elegance and great varietal character, his wines reflect all that is great about Friuli. Assisted by his son Enrico, he works with both native and international varieties. These are not the wines of an iconoclast but rather those of an exacting craftsman at home in his place. Ronco dei Tassi has won Gambero Rosso’s Tre Bicchieri 14 times.