Every now and then we feature a wine that lights us up. Ribolla Gialla is one of them. It was first noted over 800 years ago in its native region, Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Northern Italy. And though it is highly regarded still, it accounts for only 1% of the grapes grown there. That's why getting one is such a treat.
Cormans is a very exclusive co-op founded in the 1960s by a group of select vineyard owners with the goal of producing outstanding grapes from almost completely organic vineyards. Currently they hold almost 1,000 acres for production of which Ribolla Gialla is a miniscule amount.
The wine has a very clean and almost floral component, but sports a rather authoritative finish. That's because they allow a little skin contact, which is highly unusual. The skin contact gives the wine more body, but if you're not careful you can ruin the wine by making it too astringent. How much is too much? Well, that's one of the hardest parts of making the wine. Suffice to say, these guys know what they are doing.
Here is pure joy in a glass. The uniqueness of the wine is one its most alluring features. There are floral and guava notes alongside a touch of citrus and even banana and wild flower.
The flavors swirl in endless motion and deposit lovely essences of different fruits and flowers. The finish is perfect, leaving all the flavors in check, but still there.
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