i Clivi 2019 'RBL' Brut Nature, Italy (Colli Orientali)
Item Number: 15251
Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Sub Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Appellation/AVA: Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Ribolla Gialla
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Ponca (marl and sandstone)
Tasting Notes: RBL is a subtle sparkling wine that tastes of mineral rocks under a veil of fresh snow.
Winemaking Notes: RBL’s bubbling technique differs from the traditional sparkling processes. Both the Champagne and the Charmat methods start with a finished wine. That finished wine is inoculated by a mixture of yeast and sugar to start the secondary fermentation in order to produce the CO2, which forms the bubbles. The only difference between the two methods under this aspect is that the secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle for Champagne and takes place in a pressurized vat for Charmat.
i Clivi's starting point is different: it is a must and not a finished wine. The bubbles are made by retaining the CO2 in the fermenting must during the final stages of its fermentation. Similar to the ancestral method, there is no secondary fermentation and therefore no addition of sugar and yeast, which also ultimately means no addition of alcohol (usually at least one degree). i Clivi presses the Ribolla grapes and transfers the must to an open vat for fermentation. Towards the end of the fermentation, when the residual sugar is around 25 grams per liter, the vat is closed to trap the CO2 released by the fermentation. This differs from the ancestral method, which finishes fermentation in the bottle. RBL is then left in the same vat to mature on its lees until bottled under pressure. Sparkling wine made in this manner has fresh and forthcoming aromas and fruit flavors.
90pts (2018 Vintage) Vinous 1/26/2021
"The 2018 RBL Brut Nature is a varietal Ribolla Gialla which pulls you close to the glass through a display of white peaches and kiwi, complemented by hints of tropical citrus, almond paste and smoke. It’s elegant and soft on the palate, with a gentle bead of bubbles which give way to a more savory expression, as hints of lime and inner florals amass toward the close. Salty minerals linger, along with a nutty richness through the mouthwatering finale."