About the Wine
Rebula is the Slovenian name for Ribolla Gialla, a rare grape which was believed to have been Greek for a long time. Genetic testing conclusively proved that is native to Friuli, where is was first documented in 1289, and plantings started to increase dramatically. This particular example has been made into an amber wine, with a week on skins and only stainless steel used to maintain the variety's naturally high acid.
It has been bottled unfiltered and unfined, so there is some cloudiness here - a swirling mist of electric orange. The first thing that comes to mind is a juicy and tart apple cider, with some white pepper, mandarin peel and bitter herbs. This is a complex beastie, but it just has so much energy that you can't escape how fun it is. It's so cool that should be wearing sunglasses indoors.
The first wines from Franco Terpin were bottled in 1994. Prior to that, the family farm in Friuli had been primarily mixed agriculture. But Franco Terpin was dedicated to viticulture and, in 2011, all 10 hectares of his vineyards were were certified organic.
Franco is a larger than life personality, a bon vivant who takes his wine very seriously. While he does make wine from international grapes, he is best known for making textural, fresh and approachable amber wines from grapes native to Friuli. The wines are icons, equal parts sheer legends and cult classics and legendary. As is the man, so are the wines.