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Go-to-Wine Tuesday: Movia 2010 Ribolla Gialla

Posted on | March 18, 2014 | Written by David Gwo | No Comments

WH1794-2Spring is right around the corner. We got a taste of it here in NYC last week when temperatures reached the mid-50s. Everyone was out and about enjoying what felt like summertime weather after the brutal winter that we’ve experienced here in the northeast. Spring begins officially on Friday, making now a great time to start picking out your spring/summer whites. What’s better than sitting outside in the sun on your day off, eating a dish of fresh, light food, and enjoying a crisp glass of flavorful white wine? If white wine isn’t your thing the 2010 Movia Ribolla Gialla may be that unique, charismatic white that you’ve been looking for.

Friuli [Venezia-Giulia] is currently a hotbed for innovative wine making, especially for whites. One of the star producers in the region is Ales Kristancic of Movia, which technically sits in Brda, a region that straddles the border between Slovenia and Friuli. Ales utilizes biodynamic winemaking practices, such as fining and filtering using atmospheric pressure incurred by the arrival of the new moon, as well as leaving his wines on the lees without stirring and aging in small Slovenian oak casks.

This Movia bottling is 100 per cent Ribolla Gialla, one of the indigenous varietals found in Friuli. This is a wine with a golden hue, full-bodied texture, and great acidity. On the nose it’s floral, citrusy, and has a perceptible honeyed, waxy aroma. The linear palate delivers citrus notes, followed by flavors of dried leaves and a hint of minerality. If you’re in search of a distinct white that is both unique and artisanal, look no further. This is a great white to introduce to new wine lovers or to enjoy with your wine-geek friends.

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