Daily Wine 9/18/17:
La Castellada – Ribolla Gialla – Collio – 2001
- This wine is 100% Ribolla Gialla from the Collio DOC within Friuli-Venezia Giulia of northeastern Italy.
- Ribolla Gialla is an indigenous varietal to the region and is at its best when grown here.
- Vines average from 20-45 years old and grow on soils of predominantly clay and marl with sandstone sediments known locally as Ponca. Vineyards sit at about 190 meters above sea level.
- The grapes are completely destemmed and then macerated in large Slavonian oak fermenters with indigenous yeasts for two months.
- Maturation occurred in big Slavonian oak casks for 24 months before finishing in stainless steel vats.
- Located in Oslavia, La Castellada is part of a small corner of Collio on the hills surrounding Gorizia, close to the border with Slovenia.
- Here the terroir is special. Cool and breezy air from the nearby Julian Alps (Giulia) and the warm air from the Adriatic Sea create a microclimate that provides the winemakers the ability ot obtain complex, structured wines with great territorial expression.
- In 1954, Giuseppe Bensa purchased some plots of land and a house for winemaking and serving guests after returning from Switzerland. In Switzerland, he was working as a carpenter.
- In 1985, sons Giorgio and Nicolò chose to start bottling the wine and established that “La Castellada” estate. The name comes from one of the Oslavia hills.
- The estate owns ten hectares of vineyards and half are over fifty years old.
- Pair this with fish, pasta, and chicken.