2012 Ribolla 500mlRadikon
Stanilaus, or "Stanko", Radikon is a maverick in a land of mavericks. The town of Oslavia, on a relatively tiny stretch of hills north of the border town of Gorizia in the Isonzo zone of Friuli, is home to a number of talented and individualistic wine makers.
Stanko's philosophy is the pursuit of absolute "naturalness" in his wines. They are interesting, complex examples of what has come to be known, in reference to the ancestral origins of the winemaker working in this style and their geographic proximity to the neighbouring country, as the "Slovenian" style of Friuli wines – namely hand-harvesting, extended skin maceration, large, older barrel fermentations without temperature control, no added yeasts or enzymes and no use of sulphur.
The vineyards were originally planted by Stanko's grandfather Franz Mikulus with the local favorite, the Ribolla Gialla grape. In 1948, Stanko’s parents, who had inherited the property from his mother’s father, planted Merlot, Tocai Friulano and Pinot Grigio. Today, Stanko, his wife, Suzana and son, Sasa maintain their family's land.
The destemmed grapes are placed in oak barrels where the fermentation takes place in contact with the skins of the grapes. There is no temperature control or added yeasts. At the end of the fermentation, vats are filled and closed. The wine remains in contact with the skins for three to four months. The ageing is done in oak barrels during 40 months.
Yellow color with golden reflections, the nose is intense with hints of almond and fruits. The mouth is full, well-balanced and fresh with almond aromas.