Provoked by a tasting note of a Movia Ribolla 1959, a vintage, at least 20 years too old to could have been bottled, I opened two honest rebulas. The first is maybe the best rebula on the marked at the moment:
GRAVNER RIBOLLA ANFORA 2001 (Oslavje, Italy)
A part macerated on the skins for seven months in large clay amphoras from Georgia, the rest was macerated in big oak vats for 70 days. Very transparent for a modern Gravner, brassy medium golden color. Very profound and intriguing nose,
a meditation wine, caramel, butterscotch honey, green tee, nuts. On the palate the wine leaves a feeling, as if you would drink diluted see water. Extreme minerality and freshness, consisted powerful flavours and aromas, a very very very long finish. Excellent, really excellent. A very drinkable example of wine heaven.
NANDO, REBULA RISERVA 2003 (Plesivo, Brda, Slovenia)
I heard an anecdote from a recent blind wine tasting in Italy where a prominent member of Slow food Italia mistake this wine with the Gravner ribolla. That is why a opened a bottle from this excellent garagiste wine maker Andrej Kristancic. Bronze colour, the nose is excellent, but not so profound as the Gravner. More late harvest, resiny nose, quince, candy. More tannic (the wine was macerated on the skins for 8 days) and not so much minerality, lower acidity (2003 was a very hot vintage) Nice length, excellent wine (great QPR, the price was 8€ from the cellar) but can't reach the Gravner Mount Everest.
Greetings from Maribor!