SPECIAL TRADE TASTING – TEN YEARS ON FRIULI – An overview of Rocca Bernarda’s 2006/07 vintage
(by appointment only)
VINITALY 2018, Pavilion 6, Stand B6 – Rocca Bernarda, Castello di Magione and Villa Giustiniani, three historic wine estates, will present their new vintages at Vinitaly April 15-18. This year we present a special Trade Tasting “Ten Years on Friuli” come try the 2006 vintage of Rocca Bernarda wines tasted with the new releases.
Once again, the Silver Medal at the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon was awarded to the Rocca Bernarda winery, whose 2016 vintage is now ranked as one of the best white wines in the world. An exciting wine, it boasts an intense, elegant nose that recalls yellow flowers, mint, peppers, and tomato leaves. It delivers an impressive combination of elegance, minerality, aromas, and flavor, with a long-lasting finish. This year the brand also re-launches its great wines with elegant new labels. They feature the writings of the scholar and scientist Count Giacomo Perusini, author of a treatise on Picolit in 1906 and of the Ribolla Gialla, that recall his vision for the vineyards over a century ago.
Come meet the team and try wines that marry centuries of tradition with sustainable techniques – experience the aroma of history.
TEN YEARS ON FRIULI – An overview of Rocca Bernarda’s 2006 vintage
Rocca Bernarda Pignolo Colli Orientali Friuli DOC 2006
All the stars aligned for Pignolo in 2006, giving us excellent results for this first vintage, just planted in 2000. Extremely tannic, the Pignolo grape is difficult to manage, but yields exceptional results under the right conditions. Impressive structure and an eloquent bouquet make this classic red a fine expression of the Pignolo grape. A wine with great personality and complexity, it boasts a layered spiciness, a wild undertone that renders it vibrant, and a juiciness that finishes with great balance and substance. There are interesting notes of black currant and smoky ash, and a meaty, smoky palate. It still seems young, despite its twelve years- sure to provide a unique tasting experience.
This rare varietal was recently rediscovered and replanted. Rocca Bernarda has one of the most beautiful vineyards of Pignolo, and one of the largest, with almost 2 of the 70 hectares (belonging to 60 producers) in the region. The estate is rich in ponca soil, with terraced vineyards sinuously curving down the hillside in an S-shape to create three aspects, mainly of south/south westerly exposure. It is surrounded by forest to promote a rich biodiversity, a great benefit for a varietal like Pignolo. Although its yield today is very low (25q/hectare), this will gradually increase as the vineyard matures. It is slowly finding its way to be placed among the top reds of Italy by the 2015-16 vintage.
Rocca Bernarda Merlot Centis Colli Orientali Friuli DOC 2006
This Merlot is refined and elegant, with exceptional minerality. Powerful, intense, and sensual, it comes from 80-year old vines grown in the ancient terraced vineyard called “Centis” at Rocca Bernarda. It evidences complex aromas marked by soft tertiary notes of coffee and cinnamon and supported by a still-lively black cherry, with subtle notes of dried dark fruits and blueberry. Full-bodied, it has silky tannins, a contained freshness, and a long, refined finish of lovely sweet fruit. Very low yields and aging in oak casks convey power and complexity that can be fully appreciated many years after the harvest.
Rocca Bernarda Vineis Colli Orientali Friuli DOC 2006
Aged in oak for great longevity, the 2006 vintage is still evolving. This blend is brilliant straw yellow in color with golden reflections, very transparent. Intense, ample, elegant and persistent, its bouquet denotes intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of stone fruit and lavender, followed by apple, acacia, pear, and hints of cream and toasty oak. On the palate it is dry, mellow, and well balanced, with extraordinary persistence. The flavor is complex, with a great spicy mineral and fruity character, yet it remains refined and balanced, with a persistent finish. A blend of 38% Sauvignon, 40% Chardonnay, 2% Picolit, and 20% Friuliano. The Chardonnay used for the production of this wine ferments in barrique, and Vineis ages for 6 months in steel tanks.
Rocca Bernarda Picolit Colli Orientali Friuli DOCG 2006
Extraordinary notes of apricot, peach, honey-roasted almond, dried fruit and chopped herbs come together seamlessly to shape a very intense and gratifying wine. It is creamy, perfectly sweet and tangy on the taste buds and long-lasting. Floral to the nose, with nuances of dried fruits, figs, and acacia honey, cooked apple and pipe tobacco. Sweet but not cloying, clean and balanced..
Picolit – “A wine’s label becoming indistinguishably synonymous with a variety is the destiny of magic places where heroic supremacy in Italy has established its fortunes. In the Friuli region there is an extraordinary example – Rocca Bernarda and Picolit,” writes Spirito diVino magazine. The wine has an amazing history of persistence, having been pulled from the brink of extinction in the late 1800s. When Countess Giuseppina Perusini Antonini hosted Luigi Veronelli at Rocca Bernarda in 1956, the icon of Italian food and wine journalism tasted several vintages of Picolit and concluded, “There does not exist a more noble wine in Italy than this one.”
Renowned critic Cathy Huyghe praised its qualities, noting it is “redolent of mature walnuts, sweet apricot, aromatic acacia honey, and lively citrus.” All this to say that the celebrated sweet wine is recognized as- “a precious commodity” according to Forbes.
We hope you’ll join us for this unique tasting, exclusively for trade professionals.