Ribolla di Oslavia 2016 DOC
Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italia
I bought this bottle following the suggestion given by a dear friend from Friuli. And today, I decide to uncork it for lunch. It is a 100% Ribolla Gialla. As written on the producer’s Internet site, the overripe grapes, manually harvested in crates, are destemmed and placed in open vats, where fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts, without sulphur, and with frequent punching down. The must remains in contact with the skins for 26 days without temperature control. The must is then separated from the skins and placed in small wooden barrels of 500-600 litres and casks of 1500 litres to continue the fermentation. The aging on fine lees lasts 24 months during which the wine almost completes the malolactic fermentation. After bottling, which takes place without sterile filtration, the wine is aged in the bottle not less than 12 months. Salute!
In the glass the wine has a beautiful and refined orange colour. The intensity is deep. It is clear with no traces of deposits.
The aromas intensity is medium. Immediately feminine fragrances of acacia and a light jasmine inebriate our nostrils. After a couple of swirls, the perfume of a ripe melon and peach come out, with a sprinkling of white pepper and refreshing flint enriching and making the aromatic palette more vibrant.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a medium plus level of acidity. The alcohol is high (14%). The flavour intensity is pronounced. Also at the palate, we find a succulent melon, the peach, and a lovely minerality given by the flint and wet stone notes. Sip by sip, and with the increasing temperature, the wine becomes more complex. The aromatic bouquet becomes extremely elegant. Charming notes of dry flowers and spices indulge our tasting buds. There is also a hint of hazelnut towards the end. The lasting is long.
Such a pearl! This nectar is not only beautiful to admire, but even better to taste. The fruity notes of melon and peach are glorified by charming hints of dried flowers, spices and hazelnut. The evolution of the wine is astonishing and it is at its best when lightly chilled (13 °C).
Final vote: 93
Price: €44.66 on xtrawine.com