• Vigne del Malina "Refosco dal Peduncolo" Rosso 2009

Vigne del Malina "Refosco dal Peduncolo" Rosso 2009

Refosco|Friuli

"His refosco...which made me forget all my troubles."

Giacomo Casanova, History of my Life, Vol. 1, 1789

As the Beverage Director for Lazy Bear, the two-Michelin starred restaurant in San Francisco, I was always on the lookout for perfectly-aged wines for the nightly task of curating 18 different wines to pair with the nightly menu. Vigne del Malina's fantastic 2009 Refosco is just such a wine, with a staggering 11 years of bottle age. You'd be hard pressed to find a better value-price ratio than this organic red from Friuli.

Refosco, specifically the regal Friulian clone "Refosco dal Pedunculo Rosso" ("Refosco with the red stems") is an ancient varietal native to Italy, neighboring Croatia and eastern Europe. This hilly, rugged corner of Italy produces serious, delicious reds with character, a sense of place, and value.

In the glass it's an inky purple, amazingly belying its 11 years bottle age. That's the remarkable thing about Refosco: its ability to deepen and develop with age, only coming into its own after a half-decade or more in bottle. With notes of black cherry hard candy, ripe licorice, menthol, pipe tobacco, and smoked meat, it's a deliciously complex, full-bodied red just having entered its best years.

Vigne del Malina sits at the wine glass-shaped confluence of two rivers, the Malina and the Ellero. Their label pays homage to the vineyards sitting in the bowl of the glass, so to speak. Everything here is done naturally and by hand, from the harvests to the winemaking––nothing artificial in sight.

This holiday season calls for just such bold, cool-weather wines. Pair with slow braised beef-tomato stew with herbs, grilled lamb chops, or hearty mushroom sugo with tagliatelle.

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