This 2019 Ribolla Gialla, a white Italian wine grape originally from the northeast region of Fruili, was destemmed and skin fermented by native yeast in clay amphorae for four weeks, resulting in a wine with a golden hue. The ancient practice of crafting wine in amphorae increases the development of aromas such as nuts, baked fruit and lends a slight tea characteristic with subdued acidity and rich mineral flavors. This orange wine, another name for a skin-fermented white wine, is a great match with bold foods and drinks more like a red wine rather than a white wine.
A pale amber color with floral notes accented by hazelnut aromas that spring from the glass. Honeysuckle, mandarin orange and marzipan flavors are complemented by notes of black tea. This is a nicely textured wine that is very food friendly and has a bright finish.
Heavy spring rains enriched the soils and delayed bud break by a few weeks. A heat spike in June, followed by warm weather, brought even veraison throughout the vineyards. A cooling trend and touch of rain in mid-September created ideal conditions for the 2019 harvest which is considered a near-perfect vintage.