Wines to Seek Out
Ronchi di Cialla Friuli Colli Orientali Schioppettino di Cialla
Ronchi di Cialla's masterpiece is their Schioppettino di Cialla, a wholesome and artful red wine from the small, cool-climate valley they call home. In its youth, it shows tart blackberries and peppercorn, with an even-keel that invites immersion. As it ages, the fruit and flower tones resemble dried version of themselves, with a rugged, leathery quality to lend it gravitas. It can age for 12 to 20 years.
Ronchi di Cialla Friuli Colli Orientali Ribolla Nera
In Ronchi di Cialla's portfolio, Ribolla Nera is just Schioppettino Junior, although the name is technically a synonym for the grape. More reminiscent of an alpine wine with its snappy texture and currant-like fruit, it harbors a surprising amount of complexity. An ideal match with smoked cheeses.
Ronchi di Cialla Friuli Colli Orientali Ribolla Gialla
This version of dry Ribolla Gialla is inexhaustible. It goes and goes and goes, and doesn't seem to be gone even when the bottle is empty. Envision a Chardonnay that fancies itself as a hazelnut, and you will have a small idea of what its tones are like.
Ronchi di Cialla Collio Friulano
White wines rarely deliver an unctuousness like this, and when they do, it is often the mark of exceptional skill in the winery. The structure and slippery texture of Ronchi di Cialla's Friulano speak to their craftsmanship as well as this grape's potential. Bursting with tones reminiscent of quince, tart strawberries, beeswax and hay, it harbors a deceptive amount of complexity that might not arrive with the first few sips. Give it time.