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Tasty 2016 La Tunella, Rjgialla Ribolla Gialla

September 7, 2018 Leave a comment

I am admittedly lacking when it comes to my experience with Italian white wines.  For those like me, I recommend you try the 2016 La Tunella, Rjgialla Ribolla Gialla, Friuli Colli Orientali.  This is a good wine to drink right now with plenty of good body to the white flavors yet there is acidity and minerality to make it appropriate for our humid weather.  Thanks to Tim at MacArthur Beverages for the recommendation.

2016 La Tunella, Rjgialla Ribolla Gialla, Friuli Colli Orientali – $19
Imported by Cantiniere.  This wine is 100% Ribolla Gialla that was fermented for 30-40 days then aged sur lie in stainless steel  Alcohol 13%.  Flavors of white nuts and white fruit exist within plenty of body only to take on some toasty yeast in the finish.  The wine is textured with supportive acidity from the start.  It wraps up with a cut of minerality and an oily finish.  *** Now but will last.

Two Italian Wines That Will Benefit From Some Age

These two wines both require short-term aging.  This was the first bottle we have drunk from Montesecondo.  From an estate that has undergone a large transformation over the last decade, this is a wine worth following.  If you do purchase a bottle then stick it in the cellar instead of pulling the cork!  We were first introduced to Ronchi de Manzano just last month when we drank the good 2009 Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso.  The Brauros bears some similarities due to the purple flavors, pepper notes, and cool aspect but reveals more structure.  If you are new to this producer or region then I would recommend you first purchase the less expensive Refosco before trying this selection.  These two wines are currently available at MacArthur Beverages.

2010 Azienda Agricola Montesecondo, Toscana Rosso IGT – $19
Imported by Louis/Dressner Selections.  This wine is a blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Canaiolo sourced from biodynamically farmed 15-year-old vines, fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged for 12 months in oak.  There was a light nose.  In the mouth the gently, structured red fruit was elegantly balanced with prickly acidity on the tongue, sticky tannins on the roof of the mouth, and a hint of spice.  This need one to two years of development to realize its potential.  **(*) 2014-2017. Find it at Add to Cart.

2008 Azienda Agricola Ronchi di Manzano, Brauros, Rosazzo Rosso, Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC – $22
Imported by Williams Corner Wine.  This is a blend of 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, and 33% Refosco.  The fruit is sourced from vineyards planted in the 1970s on the hills of Rosazzo where there are marln and sandstone soils.  It was fermented in stainless steel then aged for nine months in small French oak casks.  There was a young nose of purple fruit and a suggestion of pepper.  In the mouth the tight purple fruit makes way to tart red flavors with a fine texture, tannins, and a cool inkiness.  The drying tannins mix with a touch of sweet spice and spicy quality.  There was serious intent for this wine to age.  **(*) 2015-2019.

We Try An Italian Wine Made from Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso

February 6, 2012 2 comments

The wines of Friuli-Venezia Fiulia are produced in the extreme north-eastern portion of Italy.  With the Alps as the northern border and Slovakia to the east, the wines of Friuli are quite different from the Italians wines we typically drink.  There are several regions within Friuli with this selection from Colli Orientali del Friuli located in the mid-eastern portion.  Many people are familiar with Pinot Grigio from Friuli but Colli Orientali del Friuli is known for its large red wine production.  This wine is made from Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso which I had never heard of until I purchased this bottle.  This grape, named after its red stems, is indigenous to Italy and was much-loved by the Romans.  The  Ronchi di Manzano was founded in 1969 and has been run by Roberta Borghese since 1984.

We thoroughly enjoyed this wine.  While it shows a cooler character it still offers plenty of flavor and concentration.  It is quite fun, I recommend you try a bottle.  I look forward to trying another selection of Roberta’s!

2009 Azienda Agricola Ronchi di Manzano, Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, Colli Orientali del Friuli – $18
Imported by Williams Corner Wine.  This wine is 100% Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso sourced from vineyards in Manzano and Rosazzo which have soils of marln and sandstone.  The fruit is vinified in stainless steel and aged in different sized barrels.  The light nose is young, grapey and scented like a cooler climate wine.  In the mouth there are tart red fruit, purple fruit, and an almost peppery note.  There is cool concentration and tight flavors reminiscent of pencils.  The fine drying tannins coat the inside of the lips in the finish while the aftertaste fills the mouth with flavors.  I would cellar this for one year to loosen up then drink over the short-term.  *** 2013-2015.