Although the Russian River Valley is known more for Pinot Noir than anything else, its climate is well suited to ripen this unique grape that is indigenous to Friuli. Gialla is the Italian word for yellow, and as this grape ripens, that is the color it assumes. In Tanya’s Vineyard the soil is mostly clay and it holds what little rainfall there is during the summer. Still, harvest nets only about two tons per acre so the quality and intensity of the grapes is high. This vineyard is named for his wife and is located in the back yard of Chris Bowland, who farms hundreds of acres in Sonoma County and it is his “labor of love.”
Light straw color, brilliant; apricot, flowers and stones on the nose; much the same in the mouth where the stony/mineral element is significant and the texture is broad and somewhat viscous, good cut; medium length, mineral driven finish. Good today and likely for the next 5 years, Serve chilled.
100% Ribolla Gialla
Brix at Harvest:
Gently pressed to barrel and fermented under 70 degrees until dry. Malolactic fermentation was stopped.
Aged 4 months in 8-9 year old French oak barrels.