Region: Friuli, ITA
This is not a Ribolla, but the Ribolla by Josko Gravner. In fact, this ‘non-white white’ represents this Friulian producer’s philosophy and love of the land. Like 8000 years ago, Gravner – a pioneer when it comes to the use of Georgian amphoras – uses a technique that restores wine to its integrity, with long maceration on the skins, at least 5 months, which infinitely multiplies the organoleptic characteristics of the Ribolla. The wine continues to mature in large oak barrels for 6 years. The result is a bright orange wine, which changes from golden pink to orange, with a nose filled with intense aromas, of overripe fruit, aromatic herbs and clear minerality. The sip is full and complex with marked tannins due to long contact with skin. This wine can continue to evolve significantly towards pleasant and measured oxidative notes. Enjoying this wine can help one appreciate the evolution of Gravner’s technique.