One taste of the Colliano Peneča Rebula Brut 2012 and you’ll want to enjoy it any night of the week. And with a wallet-friendly price tag, you can.
Newly available in the United States, this sparkling wine comes from Goriška Brda in Slovenia, a hilly region that is just over the border from Italy. It is 100% Ribolla Gialla (Rebula in the Slovene language), a white wine grape that is most commonly grown in Friuli-Venezia Giulia in northeast Italy.
Peneča, pronounced peh-neh-cha, means “sparkling.” This wine was made using the Charmat method, just like Prosecco. The secondary fermentation that forms the bubbles takes place in tanks, rather than in the bottle as with the traditional method. The grapes were harvested by hand, and the wine spent six months aging on the lees.
While Prosecco is typically sweet, the Peneča Rebula Brut is dry. Rounded flavors of Meyer lemon, green apple and orange peel are balanced by crisp acidity. It’s medium bodied and lively with a creamy mouthfeel, and ready to drink now.
A bottle of the Peneča Rebula Brut costs approximately $17 to $19. Enjoy it as an aperitif or with shellfish, fresh cheeses and salads.
12.5% alcohol by volume
Related: Colliano – Wines from Slovenia