Friuli Colli Orientali DOC, northeastern Italy; 12.5% ABV
imported by Eugenio Collavini Viticoltori, Santa Rosa, CA
$10 at the Richmond, CA, store on 25 Feb
I’ve liked Ribolla Gialla wines previously, so I couldn’t resist trying this fancier version. It is a more impressive wine than the cheaper version ($5, I think) around GO these days but, to me, not quite $10 impressive.
On the first night, the wine showed medium-ripe fruit with crisp acid (lemon, apple / maybe pear, a little yellow grapefruit) that has a touch of something orange (orange, apricot?, passion fruit?), hint of green lime, bitterness of citrus pith, and chalky minerality. It’s an elegant and nicely structured wine, but I would have been happier with a little more complexity for this price.
The second night, the fruit was more forward, the structure weaker, the flavors a little less complex although still tasty, and the acid a little stronger. I preferred it the first night.