SIMCIC OPOKA RIBOLLA 2015
The 2015 Ribolla Opoka Marjan Simčič is the wood-aged Ribolla, 12 months in concrete eggs and then 10 months in an equal mixture of used French and Slovenian 500-liter barrels. It comes in at 13% alcohol. Apart from the vinification methods, this is different than the Classic reviewed this issue, as it comes from Medana Jama, with vines averaging around 63 years in age, compared to 12 to 25 years for the regular Ribolla. This was also the winery's first usage of concrete eggs, increasingly trendy these days. They report being "very satisfied" with the result. This adds the layer of depth missing from the Classic, but I'm not sure it is quite as mouth-coating as last year's Opoka version, granting that they are not side by side. That said, this handles its wood beautifully, shows fine balance, texture and some grip on the finish. That last is not really impressive on most of its white siblings this issue, but this does somewhat better in that regard. As with all the whites, it is beautifully balanced, harmonious, round and easy to appreciate.
Robert Parker. The Wine Advocate. 90/100