RS (Rosso Sasa)


75% Merlot/25% Pignolo. The vines are planted on ponca, a compressed, flaky clay of marl and sandstone that is typical in this part of Friuli. They grow on a south-facing slope right by the winery; average around 30 years old; yield about 45 hl/ha; and are farmed organically and harvested by hand like all Radikon vineyards. The grapes are destemmed and spontaneously co-fermented in 25-hectoliter oak vats without the addition of yeasts, sulfur or temperature control. Maceration is 8-14 days with daily punchdowns. The wine is aged in 25-35-hectoliter botti for a year and bottled without fining or filtering and with a tiny amount of sulfur. "RS" is short for "Rosso Sasa", named for its creator, Sasa Radikon. 

92 points
"The 2020 Rosso RS20 blends crushed raspberries, pomegranates and mint with savory tomato leaf and clove to form a captivating bouquet. It’s soft and round with a deep mix of ripe red fruits and stimulating acids that create a push and pull of tension. A slight herbal twang lingers, along with saline-minerals, as the RS20 tapers off long and crisp but also lightly structured. That said, there’s no harm in enjoying it today. This is zesty with unexpected depths. Very nice. It’s a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Pignolo."
Eric Guido,
Vinous Media
April 2022

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