winery's website itself. Normally, I like to use a variety of sources so I can check them against one another, but in this case, not only is all the wine on earth made from this grape coming from a single estate, but seemingly all the information on earth about the same grape is coming from there as well.
So what do we know? Falesco winery has a bottling called Ferentano that is the only 100% varietally bottled Roscetto on earth (some of their Roscetto crop goes into their Est! Est!! Est!!! bottling). According to Falesco, the grape is an ancient variety indigenous to the Lazio region (and more specifically, Montefiascone, a town in northeastern Lazio about 100 km from Rome). It is a white grape that turns a little pinkish as it ripens. It has thick skins and after the grapes are crushed, the skins and juice are held together at a very low temperature for awhile (a process called cryomaceration) in order to extract the phenolic compounds from the skins. The wine was first bottled by the Falesco winery in the 1998 vintage. And that's about all I can find. There's plenty of information out there about the winery itself, which is perhaps best known for their Merlot bottling called Montiano, though they have a pretty wide variety of offerings. Wine.com informs me that "in 2006, our customers purchased more bottles of wine from Falesco than from any other winery in the world." I don't know how many cases of the Ferentano are produced, but I have found this wine in two different wine shops in the Boston area so I don't think production is down in the cult numbers.
Bin Ends, but I picked it up from a sale rack marked 50% off. I believe this usually retails for around $20.
The wine had a rich, gold color in the glass. When I first pulled the cork, the wine had a heady, appley perfume that faded pretty quickly into something fairly neutral with some buttery toast notes. It was rich and full-bodied on the palate with good acidity and a creamy texture. There were ripe apple, buttery toast, lime peel and toasted nut flavors with some vanilla. It was pretty clear that this had seen some oak, and the winery web site confirms that the wine spends four months in oak barriques. I was very pleasantly surprised at how lively this was at five years old. This probably has the stuffing for a few more years in bottle. It's very similar to white Burgundy or some of the more restrained California Chardonnays. I don't know what kind of oak is used here, but it's almost certainly not American, and if you made me choose, I'd guess its mostly new French oak. This is not really the style of white wine I go for, but this was really an exceptional bottle. If you can track this bottle down, definitely give it a shot as it's a very unique grape (even if it is made in an international style).