Amphora-Aged Ribolla Gialla

Amphora-Aged Orange Wine

Voluptuous whites are richer in texture, thanks to riper fruit. Most are dry wines that feature the added flavor complexity of new oak barrel use, but a handful are lusciously-sweet late-harvested dessert wines.

FOOD PAIRING: Ideally suited to richer dishes and cooked foods, like GRILLED OR FRIED SEAFOOD, POULTRY & WHITE MEATS, plus dishes featuring BUTTER, ONIONS or NUTS.


This 2021 Ribolla Gialla, a white Italian wine grape originally from the northeast region of Fruili, was destemmed and skin fermented by native yeast in clay amphorae for four weeks, resulting in a wine with a golden hue. The ancient practice of crafting wine in amphorae increases the development of aromas such as nuts, baked fruit and lends a slight tea characteristic with subdued acidity and rich mineral flavors. This “orange wine,” another name for a skin-fermented white wine, is a great match with bold foods and drinks more like a red wine rather than a white wine.

Tasting Notes

A pale amber color.


Notes of floral emphasized by hazelnut aromas that leap from the glass.


Mandarin orange, honeydew and vanilla bean flavors are enhanced by hints of black tea. This is a lovely, elegant textured wine that has an enticing and lingering finish.

Vintage Notes: 

Drought, light rain throughout the winter impacted yields across all varietals on the north coast. Mild temperatures at end of growing season – allowed for low potential alcohol, aromatic freshness across all varietals

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Mendocino County
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • pH: 3.55
  • Titratable Acidity: 6.4g/L
  • Aging: Skin fermented by native yeast in clay amphorae for four weeks
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Chicken Bearnaise w/Mushroom
Cheese & Nuts:
light cream cheeses