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Ca' Bolani Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso


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Ca' Bolani Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso: a Review

Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad.
    —Ecclesiasticus, ch. 38, v. 1

(Our sample bottle was purchased by us at standard retail.)


About Ca' Bolani Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso

(This is not to be confused with Ca' Bolani's more expensive "Alturio" Refosco bottling.) Ca' Bolani is yet another of the Zonin winemaking family's numerous enterprises. The winery is in the Friuli region of extreme northeast Italy; more exactly, it lies in the Aquileia DOC ("Denominazione di origine controllata", an appellation), more or less at the northernmost end of the Adriatic, and is the largest of the Zonin family's holdings (they acquired it in 1970).

The tag "dal Peduncolo Rosso" identifes the grape as a particular clone of Refosco, accepted by consensus as the best type; Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso was well known even in antiquity, having been familiar to (and praised by) the Roman notable Pliny the Elder. The wine had retreated into modest obscurity till being revived in the '80s as part of the renaissance of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia grape types.

The Ca' Bolani Refosco has modest availability in the U.S. Its retail price runs from about $16 to $25.


Ca' Bolani Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso: Tasting Impressions

We are still working our way into Refosco, so it's hard to say how varietal a given specimen is. The nose and palate were decidedly red-fruit, rich yet nicely just short of the overdone level usually called "jammy". As the bottle went on, the fruit tended to resolve to a raspberry quality, something a bit more "pointed", one might say, than the more usual red-wine strawberry/cherry quality. Overlaid was a quality hard to describe but possibly distinct to this varietal, a sort of tartness. The acids were in good balance and the wine in general well structured and balanced. The supposedly characteristic slight bitterness was not, to us, in evidence.

This was certainly a pleasant wine to drink, and on that basis can be recommended; whether it is sufficiently characteristic of the varietal to merit a higher level of recommendation we just cannot at this stage say, but you certainly wouldn't regret trying it for yourself.


Ca' Bolani Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso: Other Opinions

On CellarTracker, scores by vintage run from an absurd outlier low of 74 (1 vote, 2000 vintage) to the middle to upper 80s; discarding that one voter (who left no comments), the unweighted average score is just under 86, a bare tad above average.

On Wine Searcher's Tasting Notes page.

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