Vespa Rosso is uncommonly fruit-forward and structured for a "cold weather" red wine, and yet it retains many of the spicy, earthy notes that characterize Friulian reds. The extra effort made in both the vineyard (sharply reducing yields) and the cellar (small batch fermentation in tonneaux) helps elevate Vespa Rosso beyond the ranks of everyday reds.
Wine Spectator 88 points - Medium-bodied and juicy, this lightly spiced Merlot offers abundant ripe black cherry fruit, as well as licorice string, orange zest and Kalamata olive hints. Fresh and balanced. Merlot, Refosco, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2020. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 2,000 cases made.-AN
(Jun 15 2015)
Vinous 89 points - The 2011 Vespa Rosso is a delightful Friulian red with expressive aromatics and gorgeous overall balance. Rose petal, dark red cherries, sweet tobacco, mint and spices lift from the glass in a refreshing, perfumed red to drink now and over the next few years. Gentle floral and spiced notes reappear on the finish, adding lift.