Dorigo Ribolla Gialla 2018

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Tasting Notes


Ribolla Gialla is an old grape associated with Friuli-Venezia Giuli, where it was first noted in 1296; bordering Slovenia; and Istria in Croatia. It shows considerable genetic diversity, often within the same vineyard, further proof of its long cultivation. It’s a mid-ripening variety with low fertility. The wine is often fermented on the skins, a historical practice revived by one of the superstars of orange wines, Josko Gravner, who uses amphorae for his stunning Ribolla Gialla.

Girolamo Dorigo bought his first vineyards in the Colli Orientali (eastern hills) of Friuli Venezia Giulia, realizing the great potential of the land for both traditional cultivation and for innovative experiments. Today his son Alessio leads the company, which focuses on both tradition and innovation in choice of variety, vineyard practices, and winemaking techniques. Alessio works with both indigenous grapes such as Ribolla Gialla, Friulano, Schioppettino, and Refosco as well as international varieties like Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The winery produces four lines of wine, including still wines, sparkling wines, and a dessert wine. Grapes for this wine are sustainably grown on the estate and usually harvested in mid September. After a gentle pressing, the must settles overnight. The juice ferments in stainless steel at low temperature, and the wine ages five months on the lees, creating a round mouthfeel. There is no malolactic fermentation


Interesting and unusual aromas that combine the floral and the tropical, with concentrated yellow fruits. The wine has moderate weight in the mouth with medium-plus balanced acidity (lemon flavored but not lemon-sharp). The palate is fruity, offering nectarine and pluot, as well as savory notes. Medium bodied with a long, minerally, walnut-inflected finish.


This pairs well with a variety of appetizers, from cheeses, crostini with savory spreads, and seafood salads. Lighter fish and poultry dishes work well as main courses.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Cheese, Chicken/Turkey, Fish (white), Green Salads, Hors d'oeuvres, Just for Cocktailing, Perfect Aperitif Wine, Shellfish

Italy, Friuli
Grape Varietal:
Other White, 100% Ribolla Gialla
$18.50 each