2013 Raccaro "Vigna del Rolat" Friulano Collio
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Collio Friulano Vigna del Rolat is a fresh and youthful white wine that opens to a pale golden-straw color. The wine boasts brightness and elegance with subtle fruit tones backed by smoke and crushed mineral. The wine is true to the grape and shows good structure and determination on the close. There's a spicy point of acidity as well. Raccaro's production is almost exclusively dedicated to Collio white wines with Friulano and Malvasia as the protagonists. There is also a Merlot-based red wine. The estate was founded in 1928 by Giuseppe Raccaro and has been managed by his son Mario since 1970. The vines are adjacent to a spectacular chapel (la chiesa di Santa Apollonia) that was constructed in this spot precisely thanks to the mild microclimate of the area. (ML)
Raccaro was founded in 1928 when the current proprietor's grandfather originally set it up as their family farm. Wine slowly became the sole focus of their family endeavor as winemaking knowlege was accrued and their terroir asserted itself and demanded attention. Vigna del Rolàt is their flagship bottling, which is grown on a low-yielding cru first established in the 10th Century. The resulting wine is simultaneously elegant and robust... a testament to the distinction of this top white wine region. Made from 100% Tocai Friulano, the wine is fermented in stainless steel with a minimalist approach in the cellar to allow the terroir to speak as clearly as possible. A floral nose with green apple, peach, and almond reverberate on the palate with a medium bodied intensity and a long saline mineral finish.