NV Villa Sandi Ribolla Gialla$19.99
Ribolla Gialla is a grape most commonly found in Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia and neighboring Slovenia. This example however comes from the Veneto and is made by Villa Sandi, the famous Prosecco producer in Crocetta del Montello near Asolo in the province of Treviso. Surprisingly for such a big name, Villa Sandi is a family-run company that shows in the passion they have for what they do together with the care they take in their vineyards and their commitment to looking after the environment.
This bottle shows that you do not need the Traditional method to achieve complexity. During production, this wine spends time on the lees in the tank, and it's great to see what that does to a wine of this style. The is a bottle that would pair perfectly with most foods or something you could easily drink alone. Versatile, playful, and great value.
The character of the grape with its savory qualities really showed on the nose, as did the lees aging with a nutty, honeyed, cooked apple quality. The palate is bright with beautiful acidity, crisp yellow apple, and lemons with a soft touch of green fruit. Minerality and creaminess are rounded out by fine bubbles and a wonderful balance.