In the surroundings of Vižinada, on the slopes overlooking Mirna Valley, 12 hectares of Rossi family vineyards thrive under sapient care of those who have wine making in their genes. Marino learned a lot from his grandfather, who continues to transfer traditional knowledge and passion for this unique terroir where red, white and grey soils are intertwined. They don't fear the modern technology either and don't limit it only to the wine making process. Agricultural Institute from Zagreb put a high tech meteorological station in their vineyard, capable of forecasting the attack of various vine diseases a few days in advance. This allows them to treat the vines only when necessary and to use only the minimum amount of chemicals, mostly based on copper and sulphur.
Rossi's wines are all made in purity with Malvasia, Teran and Refošk, indigenous grape varieties they are intimately connected to. He is proud of his white, 2009 Malvasia Templara. It has subtle aromas of white flowers, aromatic herbs and some Sauvignon-like green grass. Made from 50-year-old vines that gives it structure and extraordinary minerality. We were glad to hear their reds, Refošk and Teran, are aged in large 500 l Slavonian oak barrels. So, no excessive wood here! 2009 Refošk is of brighter, immediate style, more herbaceous with some fresh red fruit in the mouth. 2009 Teran is more mysterious, intensely purple color sticking to the glass, has animal and meaty (umami) aroma with a bit of rose hip and black pepper. Spiky acidity, succulent red fruits, energetic and abundant in mouthwatering minerals. Wow-efect is here! Perfect match with a paprika spiced goulash.
Their Biska, mistletoe grappa, or liquid viagra as they call it, is arguably the best in Istria, and the newcomer Erba Luiga, Lemon Verbena grappa, is perfect for summer. The most sophisticated palates won't be dissappointed with monovarietal grappa made from Yellow Muscat, last year's Grand Prix winner at Gračišće grappa contest.