Le Vigne di Zamò - Ribolla Gialla 2019
Le Vigne di Zamò - Ribolla Gialla 2019 (87/88 TSW)
NL distribution @vinitesnl
The "sun has landed" in the Netherlands and it's going to be a good sunny weekend.
So let's start with this decent white wine from the Friuli Colli Orientali region.
The Zamò family's wine history began in 1978. Before that time there was a love for wine, but it was lived out in the family's osteria, the restaurant, in the town of Manzano. That changed when Tullio Zamò bought five hectares of vineyards on the slopes of Rocca Bernarda, one of the best places for viticulture, in the heart of the Colli Orientali. Years of hard work followed to make high quality wines. The great success followed after more than ten years. The Ronco dei Rosetti 1988 was the first red wine from Friuli to be awarded three glasses in the important wine guide, the Gambero Rosso.
The Ribolla Gialla is one of the special "own" grape varieties of this idiosyncratic region. This grape has been planted here since time immemorial, and produces wines that are just as special as the region itself. The grape produces wines full of character, which can also ferment and mature in wooden barrels. In this example, a combination of 80% stainless steel and 20% wood has been chosen, with large wooden foeders being used in order not to give the wine too many wood aromas. Half of the wine undergoes its apple lactic fermentation, which gives it a delicious roundness and strength. Aging for eight months in the yeast cells completes the raising of this characterful white wine.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a bright copper yellow color.
On the medium nose aromas of baked appple, pear, citrus and some white peach with hints of beeswax, dried flowers and light butter.
On the palate dry, medium(+) bodied with medium(+) acidity and nice freshness. Nicely balanced with a good sapidity and freshness and a medium length finish.