I am going a little out of order this week with my grape varieties. The first entry for “F” should be Falanghina but that requires a much longer post…so I am going to write about Fertilia.
This variety was created by Professor Italo Cosmo and is a cross between Merlot and Raboso Veronese. It grows in the Veneto, near Conegliano and Pieve di Soligo where it is sometimes used as a substitute for Raboso.
It produces a wine that is intense and persistent and has good acidity. It is a tannic, hardy grape that is resistant to mold and creates a wine that is easier to drink than the often rustic Raboso.
I first tasted Raboso Veronese at the beginning of my Italian wine travels in 1998 near the city of Oderzo. I haven’t seen much of it over the years but did meet a very interesting producer of Raboso at VinoVipCortina last summer. I will be writing up all of my VinoVip experiences in the coming weeks.