This time Rare Wines takes us to northeastern Italy allowing us to discover two great white wines, united by the 2019 vintage. Very different from each other, but both possess special charm. The first is produced by Dario Princic, a producer known for bottling frank, sincere wines, true creatures of the territory. Located in Oslavia, borderland between Italy and Slovenia. Here, Princic works ten hectares of vineyard where the soils are formed by a stratification of sedimentary rocks of sandstone and marl of Eocene origin and clay. Ribolla is the vine par excellence in these parts and Dario's is the result of maceration on the skins and long maturation in large barrels.
From Oslavia we move to Valle Isarco, to a small vineyard garden at an altitude of 600 meters. It is owned by the Abbazia di Novacella, one of the oldest (still active) wine cellars in the world. Its origin dates back to 1142. It counts on 26 hectares of vineyards and has recently launched the Insolitus line that (an absolute novelty these days) features a single vineyard Pinot Noir, the Oberhof and the Sylvaner Stiftsgarten that we present to you, produced in only 1,000 bottles. Use of barriques and steel, long ageing in the bottle for a vibrant, vital and energetic wine, just as a great mountain wine should be.
A. A. Valle Isarco Sylvaner Stiftsgarten 2019
Ribolla Gialla 2019
selected by Gambero Rosso