Roscetto is an ancient white-wine variety grown in such minute quantities that today, only one producer in Italy’s Lazio region grows the variety, for use in Lazio IGT wines. It is entirely possible that the last remaining plantings of Roscetto vines are restricted to a six-hectare plot near Montefiascone, northern Lazio (home of the intriguingly named Est! Est!! Est!!! di Montefiascone).
The low-yielding Roscetto variety produces small, tightly clustered berries with a high concentration of sugar well balanced by crisp acidity. However, because so few commercial wines are made with Roscetto, it’s difficult to make generalizations about the grape’s fruit character. Some blends are released as Est! Est!! Est!!! wine, in which Roscetto makes up usually 30–40 percent; Trebbiano dominates, followed by Malvasia.
Varietal releases include a dry sparkling wine, a dry still wine, and a sweet passito wine made from dried grapes. No DOC exists for Roscetto when made in purezza (pure), so these wines are released under the generic Lazio IGT designation.
Related varieties include: Trebbiano, Malvasia.
Food matches include:
Europe: Pumpkin-stuffed pasta (tortelli di zucca)
Americas: Peruvian ceviche (citrus-cooked fish)