The Vault is Open! Rebula by Krasno | 2016
The Gorizia Hills are part Italian, part Slovenian. In Italy, the hilly wine region is referred to as "Collio" (or Collio Goriziano) while in Slovenia, you would try to say, "Goriška Brda." Either side you choose, one thing is certain — you're in one of the world's most thrilling areas for complex, pleasure-seeking white wines.
Rebula is the Slovenian name for Ribolla (or Ribolla Gialla), one of Friuli's noble white grapes along with Pinot Grigio, Malvasia, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon, and Picolit (to name a few). A few months ago, a friend asked me to put together a case of 8 wines, but there was a catch. All 8 wines had to be Ribolla, and each wine had to be from a different producer. Historically a lukewarm enthusiast of Ribolla, I was eager to help my friend and put aside my bias. My "beef" with Ribolla was two-pronged: a) it was inconsistent b) the price tag often superseded the quality inside the bottle. Some versions were thick and round, while others were so lean, bitter and floral. I would say to myself, "Where have all the tasty, classic versions gone?"
So, thanks to my assignment, I was pleasantly surprised and delighted to meet Krasno. Fermented and aged in 6,000l barrels, Krasno is pure Rebula that doesn't try to be "too this" or "too that." Its hue is golden, but it's not orange-y. Its floral tone is present, but it's not flowery. Its body is generous, but it's not flabby. With big smells of citrus and peach skin, honeycomb and crumbly stone, it looks, smells, and tastes like a fine Ribolla — and that, makes the delicious difference!
Region: The Gorizia Hills, Slovenia
Tasting Notes: Stone, honeycomb, peach skin
Pair with: Cafe La Trova's Lechón
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