Matthiasson Ribolla Gialla 2021

$115.00 inc. GST

92/100 – James Suckling

“An orange wine made from white grapes, this has lots of grip on the palate, with assertive acidity and tooth-drying tannins. Not for the faint of heart, but a robust, muscular wine that can stand up to rich pork, pasta or buttery pasta dishes. Drink now.” – James Suckling

Tasting Note: Ribolla Gialla originates in the Friuli region of Italy and across the border in Slovenia. An ancient grape variety, its earliest known mention was by the Pope in 1296. Ribolla Gialla makes an unparalleled food wine, filling the gap in food pairing between white wines and red wines—it can be amazing with pork and stewed pome fruit, fatty raw seafood, cured meats, and intense cheeses. We have been making “orange wine” from this fruit since 2008, fermenting the wine whole cluster, with the skins and stems, until dryness. The Ribolla Gialla tastes like hazelnuts, baking spices, Meyer lemon curd, Bartlett pear, but most of all it has a stony minerality that is incredibly distinctive. There is supple tannic structure and fresh balanced acidity, with great weight and length given the moderate alcohol.

Winemaking: The wine is 100 percent Ribolla Gialla from our home vineyard. The wine was fermented whole cluster with native yeast in an open-top tank using punchdowns. After two weeks the must was pressed, and the wine was aged for 18 months in neutral barrels. The wine was aged sur lees. The alcohol is 12.0%, the pH is 3.57 and the TA is 6.0. 346 cases produced. The Ribolla gialla represents seven rows in our home (“Matthiasson”) vineyard in the Western Oak Knoll area of Napa Valley. It was grafted onto 15 year old Merlot vines. George Vare was given a few sticks of the budwood from Josko Gravner in 2001 and grafted it into his own vineyard, which Steve was managing. Steve (and then Jill) fell in love with the variety in the process, and immediately grafted the variety into their own vineyard when they purchased it in 2006. Farmed using only organic methods, with fruit trees at the ends of the rows, the vines are serenaded throughout the season by kids, coyotes, owls, bees, and the occasional roar of one of our old tractors.

Alcohol: 12.0%

Variety: Ribolla Gialla

Region: Napa Valley, Oak Knoll AVA, USA

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