2010 Kogl "Mea Culpa" Pinot Gris Slovenia
Kogl is the name of the vine-covered hill the Cvetko family chose to establish a winery. The first written reference to it as a vineyard dates back to 1542. Their symphonic array of wines, are more aptly compared to music than food or drink. The hill of Kogl cultivates excellent wine, but also heritage, art, friendship and family. Originally built in 1820, as a vacation retreat, it is today the home of Franci Cvetko, his wife Zlatka and their children Luka and Spela. Millions of years ago Kogl was at the shore where the Pannonian Sea met the Alps. Temperatures rose, the sea receded and what remained were piles of non-carbonate sedimentary soils of mixed origin. Today these foothills of the Alps offer endless combinations of soil and microclimate in which to grow grapes. The warm winds of the continental Pannonian plain to the east are moderated by the cooling effect of the southeastern spur of the Alps which also shields the area from the harshest northern weather, making the conditions ideal for producing wines with character and depth. The 2010 "Mea Culpa" Pinot Gris is a sumptuous, mineral-rich style. It delicious on it own or paired with dished featuring fish or fowl.