This sparkler is 100 percent Ribolla gialla grown in Manzano and Corno di Rosazzo, the home base of the producer, Collavini. The fruit is vinified in steel and barriques, then re-fermented in autoclave following the Martinotti, or charmat, process, where it ages for 30 months. After bottling under pressure, the wine is held for another twelve months before release.
The body is animated by quiet tiny bubbles, and the wine’s fragrance is clean, sunny, and springlike. The pearly mousse carries flavors of peach and apricot, maybe a little ginger, and it has a tangy mid-palate. There are hints of fresh grass and tender herbs. It’s a nice aperitif wine, youthful seeming despite the long aging protocols, and a good value.
2018 Collavini Ribolla Gialla Spumante Brut Millesimato
12% ABV | About $20 (sample); may not have a U.S. importer