Dario Princic Bianco NV
The “Bianco” by Dario Princic is the result of the skillful union of chardonnay, sauvignon and pinot grigio. The grapes undergo a few days of maceration and fermentation in open vats. Subsequently, each variety is left to mature in wooden containers of various sizes and then assembled to achieve ideal harmony. In the Collio district, there is this very ancient soil called Ponka a Calcareous, marl infiltrate with clay very porous, so the roots can seek lots of nutrients in the below substrate. Thus the minerality is dusty, stony and gives sapidity to the wine.
ORGANIC / BIODYNAMIC / NATURAL
Josko Gravner Ribolla Gialla Anfora 2007
Orchard and tropical fruits dance with baking spices, underbrush, honeyed citrus, crushed wildflowers and earth in this silky, kinetic ’07 Ribolla Gialla. This amber wine coats the palate with myriad flavors, studs the cheeks with tannins, and unspools to show a mesmerizing texture. Sweet fruit balances with savory herbs and umami in this utterly beguiling, terrifically food-friendly wine. This amber wine is best served like a red, decanted and at cellar temperature; enjoy it with hearty fare–its palate of will stand up to it. Like Gravner’s Breg, a blend of white grapes, this mono-varietal Ribolla Gialla ferments on the skins for about a year in amphora and then ages for a year in cask before bottling. It’s an age-worthy experience in natural winemaking that could only come from the hand of Josko Gravner.