Similarly wonderful experience as my last bottle. Incredible color of copper, almost like blood orange juice. Notes of apricot, bearded iris, sweet spices, and a flutter of mint. Wonderful acidity and tannin structure.
Sydney Italian Wine Festival - Friuli Masterclass: Golden orange colour. Coconut, sea spray, almond and some perfumed florals. Saline and really quite brilliant palate - almost impossible brightness considering the richness and texture. Long and really inspirational wine.
Wonderfully unique wine that is difficult to describe because of it's utterly amazing individuality. Beautiful copper color. Elegant and complex with notes of golden raisin, flowers, warm brown spices, and a savory minerality that all come together for a very special wine drinking experience.
Crazy copper/rose color. Unique nose of sweet roses, apricots and tea leaves. An oily, viscous texture and made in a slightly oxidative style with interesting flavors of orange rind, rose petals, tea and ether. Finishes very grippy and dry with fresh acidity and subtle complexity with notes of dried herbs and spices and what feels like an almost tannic persistence. Best to let this breathe and serve on the warmer side so as to pick up the delicate floral notes. I think this will benefit from more time in bottle. 90+
Acker BYO (Domaine Wine Storage, Chicago IL): nose: very complex and fragrant nose filled with tones of allspice, berries, red florals, roasted herbs and bits of almonds as well. There is an uplifting quality to the nose with very good depth as well.
taste: medium/full bodied with tart medium+ acidity. The acidity is noticeable along with really good tones of allspice, navel oranges, berries, and roasted herbs.
overall: this was one of the more interesting wines I've had. Shows the idiosyncrasy of Gravner. There was a nebbiolo-like quality to the wine and I could see where Galloni said that this is what nebbiolo in a white wine would be like.
Acker BYO (Domaine Wine Storage - Chicago, IL): Fantasticly complex and nuanced wine. Nose had herb butter, floral, almond, and orange notes - made for a really exotic perfume. Its palate was firm with vanilla, earth, peach and a subtle smokiness. Keith and I were talking about Galloni's take on Gravner ("if Barolo were a white, this is what it would taste like") and both of us agreed with him - very nuanced and layered wine with lots going on.
This is superb. Gorgeous honey orange hue. Fbaulously pure and balanced with a monster finish. Not a wine for everyone. It is my understanding that 2005 will be the last vintage of Breg and he will only make Ribolla Gialla going forward. A wine with soul.
Caratello tasting: "Tre stelle" (Zurich): Nose mostly on Pinot Gris notes, quite rich and spicy, well matched by the underlying oxydative note. The palate starts quite dry and austere, then it expands and closes on a slightly bitter note. Beautiful.
This is a strange wine, unlike anything else I know. Color is orange, like a really old TBA or Sauternes, and it exudes notes of strawberries and earth. It's bone dry, with fine balance and acidity, and a very clean texture. It has Sherry-like notes of wood and a very slight oxidative style. We had it with some calamari and a goat's meat terrine, which are probably not the best match for this wine. I would pair it with something rich and creamy instead. Can be drunk now and probably age forever, though I have no clue which way it will go.