To clarify, Ribolla Nera is Schioppettino. This wine is from the home of Schioppettino and above all else it is a lovely example of the variety. Dark, peppery, dense with great acid. It is an elegant and soft wine and therefore will suit people who love wines made from Merlot, Pinot Noir, and/or Shiraz. It is not a super complex drink, but it is a pleasing drink. Drink it now, drink it in 7 years, it’ll make you happy either way.
The Collavini story starts in 1896. The noble families of Udine were enjoying the Collavini wines. Over the generations the family has stayed involved and improved on their earlier work.
In the very North East of Italy you will find this region that displays a noticeable Slavic and Germanic influence in their culture. The regional wines are mostly celebrated for the aromatic, textural and sometimes crazy whites. The region has 11 DOC and 3 DOCG appellations. It is very hard to discern a producers particular style without guidance here. But the wines can and often are outstanding.
In 1977 Schioppettino was saved. It faced oblivion in its home of Friuli. Nowadays Schioppettino has its own sub-zone and is growing in size and popularity. You can also find Schioppettino in Slovenia where it’s called pocaza. The wines are reminiscent of Pinot Noir or Syrah. They have a tendency for lower alcohol and higher in acidity. They tend to have characters of violets, red berries, pepper, and earthiness. Also known as Ribolla Nera locally.