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Radikon Sivi Bianco Pinot Grigio

$64.00

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Vintage: 2021
Region: Friuli, Italy
Viticulture: Organic
Varieties: 100% Pinot Grigio

Radikon Sivi Bianco Pinot Grigio is Sasa Radikon’s addition to his dad Stanko’s original 500ml line: they are still “orange” wines but less intensely so due to a shorter period of skin contact and aging. Otherwise, all of the wines are made identically: the Pinot Grigio is destemmed and fermented with natural yeasts in an oak vat, with no temperature control and no sulfur. Maceration lasts for 10-14 days (versus 3 months for the 500ml wines). After a gentle pressing, the wine is put in 3500-liter Slavonian oak barrels for a year and a half on its lees; it is bottled without filtration and with only a minuscule amount of sulfur. A full-bodied orange wine with notes of honeyed tea, dried tangerine rind, and soft fresh herbs on a mineral-rich palate. This Pinot Grigio bottling was dubbed “Sivi” starting in the 2016 vintage; it means “gray” in Slovenian, in reference to the grayish-pink color of the grape’s skin.

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Additional information

NATTINESS

Super Natty

FRUIT

Citrus, Melon, Tangerine

BODY

Full-bodied

ALCOHOL

14-15%

ACIDITY

Bright (Medium-High)

OAK

Neutral Oak

TANNIN

Medium

SWEETNESS

Dry

SERVING TEMP

Cool Red and Orange (58°–62°)

SULFUR

Very Low Sulfur (less than 20mg/L)

VEGAN

Vegan

IMPORTER

Louis/Dressner Selections

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ABOUT THE PRODUCER

About Radikon Sivi Bianco Pinot Grigio

Radikon Sivi Bianco Pinot Grigio is Sasa Radikon’s addition to his dad Stanko’s original 500ml line: they are still “orange” wines but less intensely so due to a shorter period of skin contact and aging. Otherwise, all of the wines are made identically: the Pinot Grigio is destemmed and fermented with natural yeasts in an oak vat, with no temperature control and no sulfur. Maceration lasts for 10-14 days (versus 3 months for the 500ml wines). After a gentle pressing, the wine is put in 3500-liter Slavonian oak barrels for a year and a half on its lees; it is bottled without filtration and with only a minuscule amount of sulfur. A full-bodied orange wine with notes of honeyed tea, dried tangerine rind, and soft fresh herbs on a mineral-rich palate. This Pinot Grigio bottling was dubbed “Sivi” starting in the 2016 vintage; it means “gray” in Slovenian, in reference to the grayish-pink color of the grape’s skin.

About Radikon

Stanko Radikon was 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 winemakers. From Radikon’s home, you can carry a plate of freshly cooked polenta to Edi Kante and Jasko Gravner, two other world-renowned winemakers, and still eat it piping hot.

Stanko passed away in 2016. He was a force of nature, an influence, and a great friend to countless people in our world. His legacy continues with the family helming the estate and an annual celebration of his life called Zivijo occurring each December (now set to happen every other year). Kevin has made a point not to miss it.

Absolutely nothing has changed in the winery’s philosophy, but this comes as no surprise since Saša has been helping out since he was a kid (he fondly remembers driving a tractor without a driver’s license through the Slovenian border and being terribly nervous) and a partner since 2006. Suzana is of course still integral to the entire operation, and her daughter Ivana joined the family business in 2017. Saša’s wife Luisa is also part of the team along with three full-time employees.