Maverick wine maker Stanko Radikon and his family have been unapologetic in his pursuit of purity, eschewing the use of all additives and chemicals in the production of their wines since the 1995 and boldly overhauling the way his estate made wine in every step, famously employing extended maceration to his white wines to great effect.
Established in 1980, working simply with local varieties spread over roughly 18 hectares in Italy's North East in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, the reputation they have forged for wines that are pure expressions of grape and place with the utmost respect for soil and environment. 2015 was the last full vintage Stanko completed as he sadly passed away in 2016, with his son Saša well on his way to assuming full control.
Ribolla is perhaps the most sought after in this range as it hero's the most widely known variety Ribolla Gialla. Seeing four months of skin contact with plenty of plunging for maximum extraction, if you close your eyes it is very much a red wine structure.
Plenty of grilled Autumnal fruit and nuts, fragrant spices linked with herbal notes of an amaro bent. Rose gold in colour with depth, intensity and grip and after a few extra years in bottle this really is evolving into something quite exceptional.