The Bastianich winery, founded in 1997, strives to understand the history and culture of Friuli-Venezia Giulia and take it to a new level. We create unique wines that speak of place but, at the same time, show remarkable power and balance. Vespa Bianco and Vespa Rosso are named after the ever-present wasps attracted to ripe grapes. These blends are made in an area known for single-varietal wines, shifting the focus from the grape to the terroir. Calabrone, which means hornet, is an estate reserve red blend made only in the best vintages with hand-destemmed, partially dried fruit, and is released 5 years after the vintage. Native varieties, such as Tocai Friulano, are unblended to showcase the uniqueness of the grape. The pinnacle of this being Tocai Plus, a particularly complex example made with late-harvest and dried fruit from a single-vineyard of 60 year-old vines.

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Bastianich Vespa Rosso 2013
92  James Suckling 
James Suckling 92 "This shows so much ripe fruit with hints of prunes. Full body, soft and velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Chewy and delicious. Spicy and fruity. This is 50% merlot, 30% refosco and 20% schoperttino. Very ripe and Amarone-like." Vinous 92 "Deep opaque ruby. Very

Bastianich Rosato Di Refosco Rosato Di Redosco 2014
This Rosato di Refosco of Bastianich winery is produced by pure Refosco, an authentic tribute to this Friuli's indigenous variety. It has an intensely rosato colour and develops rose, strawberry, violet and orange zest aromas. It has a medium body and is fresh and clear, with an affable acidity.

Bastianich Vespa Rosso 2011
90  James Suckling 
James Suckling 90"Rustic, with balsamic, iodine, salted beef, roasted beets, chewy plum skins, proper tannins and concentration. Full-bodied but slightly off-dry. Like outstanding Amarone."