Delle Venezie IGT, northeastern Italy; 12% ABV
imported by Diageo “Chateau & Estate” wines
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 12 April. Still there.
The last Ribolla Gialla I reviewed was quite good, so I had to try this one, too. It is even more tasty, IMO easily worth the dollar more.
I find the wine a little closed straight from the fridge, but warmed up a little, it shows good intensity of lemony pear, yellow melon, white and yellow flowers, slightly astringent minerality and grape skin bitterness, green lime, and a little orange on the finish. In trying to help customers, I usually ask if they want something more fruity like a Chardonnay or more crisp like a Sauvignon Blanc. To me, this wine is somewhere in between, more fruity than most SB, and more acid than most Chardonnay. Yum!
The next day, the wine had smoothed out and integrated, and had a viscous minerality. It was more mellow but still delicious.