Bastianich Winery is located in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region in the northeast section of Italy. They produce a number of red, white, and rose wines.
I had the pleasure to meet Joe Bastianich in November 2011 at wine tasting dinner hosted by Undici restaurant in Rumson, NJ. Despite having completed the NYC Marathon the day before the dinner, Joe was a gracious speaker with his passion and knowledge for wine clearly coming through. It was at this event I first tasted the Vespa Rosso.
The 2008 Bastianich Vespa Rosso was a red blend, composed of 50% Merlot, 30% Refosco, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc. The varietals were aged separately for 18 months in French oak, and then spent an additional year combined aging in the bottle.
I had a fond memory of this wine from the dinner. This time around things didn’t turn out as well.
The wine was decanted for 1 hour prior to tasting.
Sharp, tart cherries were the first find on the palate. The tartness took me by surprise and wasn’t all that pleasing (to me). Black fruit and spice also filled my mouth.
The finish was short, cut down by tartness.
Overall, my impression of this wine on this tasting was blah (<- highly technical term). While it was not the worst I’ve ever had, there was nothing special about it at all.
The 2008 Bastianich Vespa Rosso retails for $33. At that price level, there are many better options to choose from.